That’s the advice I would give; get used to the New Zealand work environment.

No matter which country you’re from, programmers all speak the same language.

Coding is universal, so if you have experience in one part of the world and want to move to another part, then it’s the perfect job to bring with you!

Frank moved from China recently and brought some experience with him, but the problem wasn’t his ability, it was finding work in an English-speaking country.

It’s difficult enough to get an interview, but if you struggle with the language then it’s almost impossible to land a job.

Unless we help.

Frank joined Industry Connect and through our internship he secured an intermediate software developer job.

What would you suggest to people who are struggling in getting their first IT job?

For me, the first thing is about experience. I had no local, New Zealand experience, and that’s what Industry Connect gave me. The second thing was my English, even today it needs improvement!

That’s what Industry Connect gave me, a working environment with real experience of how I could work in New Zealand.

That’s the advice I would give; get used to the New Zealand work environment.

Industry Connect also gave me communications skills and help with the culture.

I think because people’s experience are different, some people don’t have software development skills. They should develop those skills through practice. Sometimes that practice is very simple, sometimes is just repeating other people’s code. It’s boring but it’s practice.

For some people who do have software development skills, I suggest you focus on your communication skills.

And most importantly – don’t give up!

Thank you to Frank and we wish him all the best in his new job!

Arriving in a new country is stressful. Not speaking the language is even harder. Trying to find your dream job is almost impossible!

Luckily we can help.

To find out how, join us for our next online information session.

Juanita Strydom, the General Manager of Industry Connect, will be online on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm NZ time, 5.00pm Australia Eastern Standard time and 8:00am UK time.

Joining her will be the Industry Connect team members, as well as the owners of successful software companies, all of whom are ready to answer any questions you may have.

The gang will explain who we are, what our programmes are, and how you can join us.

To secure your seat in the info interview session, simply click here and fill out the form and we’ll be in touch to confirm your invitation!

Not having local experience shouldn’t stop you from a career in software development!


What is Industry Connect?

Industry Connect is an IT/Software Career Launchpad that has everything you need to kick-start your IT/software career in AU, NZ, UK, IE, SG, HK, IN, ID, VN & PH.

Industry Connect's Ecosystem

We have been helping career changers, recent IT graduates and people with career gap to start their IT/software careers.

Over the years, we have helped hundreds kick-start an IT/software career. (Verifiable evidences are available on this website)


We are an innovative software training school backed by global/local software companies. Our ecosystem is an incubation process that supports our participants until they launch a tech career.


Our Job-Ready training programmes focus on,
  • Software Development
  • Business Intelligence (or Data Analyst)
  • Test Analyst

  • Six Weeks Training Classes (Practical Tech Skills)
  • Three Months (or more) Structured Internship on Large Commercial-Scale Projects (Learning enhanced, flexible Hours)
  • Employer Network (job analysis and internal referral if goals are met)

You can join us via Zoom (live face-to-face meeting) remotely from anywhere and "download" the valuable knowledge & experiences from our tech experts across different tech centres.

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