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I'm here today with Joe who just secured a job as a dot.net developer. So firstly, congratulations on your new job.

Thank you.

You’re welcome. So Joe, before coming to Industry Connect, what experience did you have in the marketplace or in the industry and what struggles you have getting into jobs?

Ok. Before I got a job, I graduated from university with information systems and [inaudible] and I was looking for a job after I graduated but there was no response at all. Even if there were some responses, they were all negative. So I decided to join this program at Industry Connect. And they put me into an internship.
So, after working at [inaudible], I finally got one interview, and I managed to secure the job.

Awesome.

And while you did your Industry Connect course and also your internship, what kind of practical skills did you pick up along the way and skills that helped you in securing your job?

I learned about dot.net, C Sharp, SQL, language integrated, Javascript, bootstrap, Kendo UI, Angular JS…

Awesome, and what was it like working on live projects?

On the project, we had a meeting but sometimes the meeting was all about communication skills and talking about interviews or we get to practice interviews, a lot of other projects. We always help each other with the project. We were given a task to do the project.

Great. And you mentioned communication skills. would you say that being here has definitely helped you with the communication skills?

Yes. Being here has helped me a lot with the communication skills. It helped make me feel more confident during the interview.

Awesome. Well congratulations. Any tips or advice for anyone who’s considering doing Industry Connect?

If you want an IT job, stop looking and come and join Industry Connect. you will gain a lot of practical experience that you will need for an IT job.

Awesome. Congratulations.

Thank you.

Is English accent stopping people getting into local job market?

I’ m here today with Michael who has just secure da job as a software engineer. So Michele, before you came to Industry Connect, what was your experience in trying to find a job here in New Zealand?

I was working in Singapore for seven years before me and my wife moved here to New Zealand. So, I have several interviews in the past and I successfully landed a face to face interview, but not lucky to land a job here in New Zealand.

And Industry Connect, what kind of experience did you gain or skills did you gain in terms of development that you didn’t have overseas?

Okay. In Industry Connect, you will gain real word experience in commercial practice. So you will learn all the Microsoft technologies like .net, sql server. So, I learned all that stuff during my intern year in Industry Connect.

Great. And in terms of soft skills, what kind of advice and experience were you given around those areas?

Okay. In terms of soft skills, I was able to improve my communication skills, because when we came here, I was able to, because the accent was different, really different. So it’s tough for the new people to understand the New Zealand accent. But in Industry Connect, because we’re communicating most of the time, so I was able to improve my communications skills, and I was able to boost my confidence to become friendly to people.

Awesome.

And also able to understand most of the slang language that they use here.

Awesome. And for someone else who is looking at potentially doing Industry Connect, what would your advice to them be?

If you’re from a software development background like me, and you want to gain a New Zealand experience, Industry Connect is highly recommended, so you should go for it to gain commercial experience in New Zealand.

Awesome. Thanks Michael. Good job on getting your new job.

Thank you very much.

And I wish you all the best.

Thanks.