Real Life Stories | Those new to the Canterbury workforce

We work alongside a huge number of people looking to move to New Zealand, and Canterbury in particular. We also continue to be passionate about graduates and those entering the workforce - these people will be a large part of the answer to our staffing shortage problems.


So what is it like, entering the Canterbury IT scene and workforce? 


We've decided to ask this question (and more) of some of the people who fit the bill, and will continue to add their profiles to this page, asking the same questions of each. We hope this will give some insight to those considering Canterbury as a place to study, work and live. 


A brief description of each person sits below, click through to read the real life stories of people just like you.



Software Developer from Russia Graduate Software Developer from Tauranga
Graduate Software Developer from Canterbury Software Developer from Auckland
Systems Engineer from the UK Systems Technology graduate from Havelock North
Senior Developer from Pakistan Deployment Specialist from France
Customer Support Engineer from India (via Auckland) Applications Support Specialist from India (via Auckland)
Business Analyst /Project Manager from Cape Town (via Wellington)



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Pankaj N.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    I have joined as Customer Support Engineer in Blackbay, Christchurch.

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    I was working as Technical Support Representative for more than 1 year in India and worked as Windows  Migration Engineer in Auckland, New Zealand. Also, I have worked as Technical Support Representative before joining Blackbay.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    Every role in Blackbay is the best. I am very luck as I am working with the wonderful team. All the employees in Blackbay are extremely helpful doesn’t matter whether they are in my team or not. So much to learn under one roof.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    Christchurch is a peaceful city . People are very sweet here. Most important thing in the Christchurch is professionalism. Lovely people around during work makes life easier. I am nature loving person so Chch is the best place to praise lord and enjoy HIS creation. Whether is chilling though, but overall full time enjoyment in Christchurch.
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    Sourced are the best recruitment company so far.  People look for jobs and consult recruitment companies, but in Sourced is doing their job in different way. They are looking for people and match the jobs according to the abilities.  Somehow, I received a call from Sourced and they offered job related to my field and work experience.


    During the whole recruitment process, they encouraged me at every step and after five interviews and exactly one month, I joined my dream job in Christchurch. I am very thankful to Sourced for their effort and support.



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Chester B.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    Business Analyst / Project Manager

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    I worked as a IT Specialist in Wellington, NZ. Worked for 10 years as a ICT Project Manager in Cape Town, South Africa.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    Working with amazing and friendly colleagues and Management that works together to celebrate successes of various IT projects.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Timaru

    Living and working in Timaru, NZ is amazing. Everything is 5 minutes away, no traffic to work and back home. Beautiful summer days and Caroline Bay is amazing with awesome facilities.
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    Chris Woods was a star throughout the recruitment process. She was always professional and provided me with feedback at all times. Chris is a real gem and I thank her and Sourced (of course Hannah too)for all their support.



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Raja I.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    I have taken up 'IT Applications Support' role at Alpine Energy, Timaru.

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    I was doing my post graduation at Auckland University of Technology.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    There is lot of learning, challenges, new technologies, a great supportive and friendly environment.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Timaru

    Timaru is a laid back and peaceful town surrounded with immense natural beauty. There are lot of outdoor activities and there is always something happening every week. It is very close to Mt cook, Tekapo, Dunedin, Christchurch and you are just 2 hour drive to any of these places.
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    Chris was very helpful and understood my interests and the type of job I was looking for. I was always informed about the process and the status of my application. It has been a very good experience with Sourced.




Quentin M.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    I'm working for Christchurch City Council as a "Deployment Specialist".

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    Back in France I was a project manager/visualization engineer, working on VMware, Citrix and SAN Storage projects. Since I left France I've started my blog/photo project.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    There is 2 things I really enjoy in this position : First one is discovering a 100% English working environment. It's an great opportunity for me to learn things from a new and different work culture, discovering some different methods, and increasing my skills by learning from all those differences every day. The second one is beeing part Christchurch rebuild. During my travels around New Zealand, I've heard so much bad things about this city that I decided to give it a chance to discover it with a different angle than most of the backpackers do. And I really loved it ! I've been impressed by the way people react after the earthquake, and the lifestyle they developed. Rebuilding everything from scratch and keeping that positive attitude is a wonderful message sent to the rest of the world ! Seeing this rebuilding from inside is fascinating.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    As I was saying on my previous answer, I love the philosophy and way of life of Christchurch. Compare to Paris, where I was those last years, people here take time have a real life and do what they love. There is a lot of things to do and to see, and a lot of interesting places which are unique in their kind, created by this city's atmosphere, like Re:Start Mall, or those food trucks and shops inside containers all around the city or the pub the Smash Palace : it's a 100% ChCh spirit ! Another thing I really enjoy, is the proximity with the nature. In 2-3 hours or less you can be in Arthur's Pass, Hakatere Conservation Park, Lake Coleridge, Banks Peninsula, Ports Hills, Hamner Springs, Lewis Pass... Amazing !
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    I enjoy that Sourced saved me from spending my winter working on the roads, like does the whole lot of backpackers like me ! It's a more comfortable situation, and I'm now able to save more money to build my next projects and it will make me able to travel a lot longer. It was totally unexpected ! It's a huge help for me. Thanks you sincerely for that ! I was also really surprised by how simple it was ! In France working as a contractor is a hell. Here with Sourced it was really easy!

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Hammad H.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    I have recently taken up 'Senior Developer' position with 'DataCol Group' advertised by Sourced.

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    I was serving international clients as Technical Consultant in Teradata (Pakistan office) before I moved to New Zealand.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    The best part for me are the people I am working with and the work environment. I can feel the difference as the work environment here in New Zealand is quite pleasant and easy going. Respectful colleagues makes the job more of a fun instead of becoming a burdensome daily routine.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    I am loving beautiful Christchurch for its tranquility and easy going people. Having experience of living in other countries I feel so comfortable because of helpful people around me.
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    The responsiveness throughout the recruitment process was awesome and everyone moving countries knows it is of utmost value to get back positive responses. I am very pleased with the approach Chris had taken to get me through different stages of the process quickly. It felt like she is taking complete interest in getting me hired rather than just doing a Job. I wish all the recruiters work like she did.
     


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Steve W.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    I have recently taken the position as a Systems Engineer with Daiken Limited New Zealand which was advertised on the Sourced Kiwi website.  The position will start January 2015 but I am currently contracting for Christchurch City Council.

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    Looking to make the move to New Zealand from the UK.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    The role with Christchurch City Council is diverse, demanding and fulfilling.  There is a lot of interaction between colleagues, teams and external organisations.  The best part about the role is working for an organisation with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    Working in the heart of the City offers a first-hand experience of the before and after effects whilst seeing the future being built.  Being a part of it is certainly a great experience.
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    I approached the Sourced team a couple of months prior to leaving the UK and I am so glad that I did.  I liaised with Rachel via Skype and whilst in transit to New Zealand the role at CCC became available.  It was literally off the plane, interview and started the next week.  My experience with working with Sourced has been great and a relationship I am keen to invest in.



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Sam H.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    Service Desk Engineer with Comuter Concepts Limited.
  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    Studying my Diploma in Systems Technology at Computer Power Plus.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    Honestly, everything!
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    The constant growth throughout Christchurch and all of the companies in it!
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    They were very good. Sourced were very helpful and knew who to get me interviews with, and gave me all the information I needed to ace it and get the job!



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Natalia G.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom
    Intermediate Software Engineer at Orion Health.

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position 
    Working as a Software Validation Engineer at Intel Corporation, Russia. While I was still in Russia I wanted to get the latest job updates from LinkedIn, so I updated my profile with the latest relevant information and changed my location to New Zealand. In a few months after that Rachel Brown from Sourced found and contacted me in LinkedIn. After all, it took me a few months and 4 interviews to get the job in Orion Health.

  3. What is the best part of your current role 
    After a month of work in my current role, I think that writing code is the best part of it. I had been taking other roles around software development before and realized that code development is my favorite part in the whole process. Furthermore, I believe that my current position have quite a lot to offer for my further career development.

  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch 
    I always was keen on cycling, but back in my home country it's quite difficult to commute on a bike because of the distance and weather conditions. Buying a bicycle was the first thing that I did when I arrived to Christchurch. Now I go by my bike to work and back every day. Moreover, I can spend all weekends cycling on variety of mountain bike tracks or simply go tramping all over around Christchurch.

  5. What's been the best part of the recruitment process so far? 
    I was very glad to take all my interviews via Skype, because I didn’t want to travel back and forth just for the meetings.



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Rory H.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    I started as a UX Analyst at the end of April. I’m based at the Trimble office in Christchurch but work for Caterpillar Trimble Control Technology (CTCT).

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    Prior to starting work I was at Canterbury Uni. I did my honours in mechanical engineering and then a master in engineering focusing on usability analysis.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    I really enjoy the mix of freedom and direction I have in my job. I’m given responsibility and a told how the larger projects I’m in are lacking in knowledge or a broad objective they have. From there it’s up to me to manage how I approach the problem, what research to do, decide if I need to conduct any studies and find people I could work with. I can check up with my manager and team mates whenever I need to and get their help.

    So far I feel like I fit into the team really well. I have unique skills in the UX team that blend well with everyone else’s specialities. The work I do is well received and I’m asked to give recommendations which have genuine effects on project outcomes.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    I’ve been in Christchurch since starting uni. The entire time Christchurch has catered to me even as my interests have changed. Right now it’s great to see the rebuild taking place. I’m into good beer and there are more craft beer bars and  small breweries than before the earthquakes.

    Since starting work I’m spending more time out of the city and Christchurch is close to some really nice tramps, rock climbing spots and ski fields.
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    Sourced came across as very personal. I felt like I was dealing with Michelle the person rather than Sourced the business. Company fit was something that they really considered, Trimble was matched to me as much as I was matched to Trimble.




James M.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    For the last month I have been employed at Trimble Navigation as a software engineer.

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    I was working for the University of Canterbury developing javascript applications for an online educational book called the Field Guide for Computer Science.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    Learning new things and working with a great team. Being challenged mentally and overcoming those challenges earns me a continual sense of achievement.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    Most of my family and friends are here so this city is the place I call home. Aside for this Christchurch has many interesting things to do, just this morning I was at a market. If you are the adventurous type and don’t mind a few hours drive will get you skiing or the other direction hot pools in Hanmer.
  5. How would you describe your experience of working with a recruitment company?

    Not good, I had become rather disillusioned with recruitment companies. In fact I was so disillusioned that I had decided never to use a recruitment company again. Thankfully, I accidently applied online with Sourced believing I was dealing with a company directly.


    Sourced was very different. The people had technical knowledge and knew what I was saying and understood where my skill set was.




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Dan C.

  1. What position have recently taken up, and with whom

    I have taken up a mobile software engineering role at Trimble Navigation.

  2. What were you doing previous to taking up your current position

    Before taking this role I was developing my own Android application while teaching English in Japan.
  3. What is the best part of your current role

    The best parts (2-things) about this role are developing across all mobile platforms at once while being in a very relaxed environment.
  4. What do you enjoy most about living and working in Christchurch

    The most enjoyable thing about Christchurch for me is that while I am living in a city it feels small and peaceful like a town. 
  5. What did you enjoy most about working with Sourced as a recruitment agency?

    Working with Sourced made job seeking less stressful because after interviews you would get a call letting you know how the interview went for the company. The constant feedback and updates really took the stress out of not hearing anything from a company for many weeks.



 

A large proportion of the IT workforce comes from outside the region, with immigrants from Great Britain making up the largest region-of-origin group. Canterbury’s many lifestyle benefits are a major drawcard for migrant workers who often value work/life balance as well as remuneration, while the opportunity to live in Christchurch as it rebuilds is another attraction.


New Zealand’s open and informal business culture is an attraction to migrants who bring different ways of thinking and useful experience from working in large technology companies overseas.


The Christchurch technology and innovation sectors are expanding daily and will require a steady inflow of new talent over the coming years.


Excerpt above taken from © FLUXNZ - Canterbury Technology and Innovation Sectors in Profile - Report