When we come to New Zealand as immigrants, the first thing to face is cultural difference, and in many aspects, such as language, food, how to make friends, working places etc. For many people, it’s not easy to accept the differences quickly as we grow up in the areas with our own culture, and have been used to do things in our own ways. To pursue a successful career in a new environment, it’s very important to walk out our comfortable zones with an open mind and brave actions, and it will also help us to build good relationships with people from different background, especially local people, which might be critical for our job seeking and career development.

Here are some tips for you – SURF:

  • Stop and suspend judgment
  • Use your observation skills
  • Recognize and respect difference
  • Find common ground and be flexible

When we see something new or different, a better way to deal with is to observe it rather than to refuse it, then we may find something in common for understanding. The more important is to respect the difference, and learning from each other so that we will be on the way to embrace new cultures and feel we are part of the society closely.

Yours sincere,

Chair of SIGIE

Joy Chen