Success Story Of Mr Hon Wei Ng

Let Go of Expectations

Because I had a master’s degree, I thought I could skip entry-level jobs. I started researching the job market here in New Zealand around 1 month before my arrival. With a much smaller but more mature economy, New Zealand does not have a large manufacturing and chemical industry, unlike Malaysia. My background does not fit the New Zealand job market very well.

Learning about the job search culture, assessing my strengths and weaknesses became an invaluable exercise.

Learn About Job Search Culture

One of my first events here is volunteering with SIGIE. Understanding the word-of-mouth nature of job search was my first lesson.

“Being there is a winning first step”.

Getting to know myself

With a fresh outlook and a new approach to job search. I started to present myself as an adaptable, jack-of-all-trades project engineer. The journey of self-assessment and self-discovery has been invaluable for my success and my personal growth.

Support networks

A number of professional bodies and job search support is available. SIGIE members has been vital to keeping me active and positive.

Where I ended up

After an interesting offer for project management role. I ended up landing a research assistant position in a research organisation in Palmerston North, working on a research topic I am deeply interested in.

Finding a job was a long journey, but I learned a lot along the way. When applying for jobs, it is important not to give up when you do not hear back. Sometimes you just need to take a break from applying, and sometimes you need to change your strategy and expectations.

I hope that my experience will help other immigrant engineers succeed on their journey!