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Communication is key Olivia (Qin) Wang is in her final year of a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. She speaks with NMIT creative writing student Hannah Dawson about life as an international student in Nelson, and her plans for the future. PHOTO BY DOMINIQUE WHITE

Why did you choose to study at NMIT? I did a lot of research. I have a couple of friends who study in Auckland and one friend in Wellington, and I talked with my family. Now, lots of Chinese study in Auckland and in big cities. If I studied in Auckland, most of my classmates would have been Chinese, so I wouldn’t have had much chance to speak English. I’m proud, I love my country and I like speaking Chinese, but when I come here (to New Zealand), I prefer to find a place where I can practise more and improve my spoken English.

What opportunities to work in your field of study have there been during your time at NMIT? I worked at Oxygen Skincare, a local skincare company. I was doing some Chinese marketing stuff and also some accounting jobs like creating invoices, payroll and pay runs using Xero. I worked for them for one year and I finished there in March this year. Now I work for Pic’s Peanut Butter World.

What is your role at Pic’s? I’m a marketing assistant. Pic’s Peanut Butter World is a fun place to learn and work, and it has a good environment and business culture. I love to communicate with people, rather than sit in the office. I’m interested in marketing; that’s (partly) why I chose to study accounting. I hope I can have my own business in the future and if I learn more about accounting, I can manage and organise better for my business.

How do you think NMIT has prepared you for work? I think the tutors helped me a lot. I’m the kind of person who likes to talk with the tutors, so I told them my plans for the future and asked them to give me some recommendations. They told me the pros and cons of each career path that I’d like to take once I have graduated. SANITI (NMIT’s independent student association) also helped me to modify my CV when I was looking for a job.

What advice would you give to other international students? Don’t be shy. We should communicate with classmates, and with tutors, more. That’s the first step, I think. Feel free to ask people any questions because it doesn’t matter. I recommend international students to stay in touch with more local people rather than staying with their own group. You have to be positive and active and talk with others, because no one knows what you are thinking.

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