Get employment

You could be seeking part-time work whilst you study, work experience or internships over the vacation, voluntary work or a graduate job for when you leave. No matter the type of work that you’re looking for, the links, information and resources found here should help. You’ll see that they include advice on how to be proactive in your job search by accessing the ‘hidden’ job market, links to a range of job vacancy sites for New Zealand and abroad, suggestions on how best to use social media for job search and guidance on how to research potential employers.

Working while you study

We strongly advise that you work no more than 15 hours per week in semester time, if you are studying full-time.  In particular,  you should avoid work commitments that encroach upon your class times and/or that could compromise your eligibility for honours. This guidance applies to all forms of work, including volunteering, and to the extra-curricular activities that we nonetheless encourage you to actively pursue. 

Where you wish, or need, to work more than 15 hours a week in semester time you may want to explore part-time and/or distance study.

If you are an international student, your visa will show if, and when, you are allowed to work while you are studying in New Zealand.


It is never too early to give thought to "How am I going to find a job when I leave University?" Massey has developed FIVE Employability Characteristics which we believe that students and graduates need. We believe that it is critical that you work towards developing, and strengthening, these Employability Characteristics whilst at university. 

Find out more about this here.

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  • What can I gain from volunteering?
  • Who might I volunteer for?
  • How can I make the most of volunteering?
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Job vacancy sources

  • Work experience and graduate roles.
  • Where are jobs advertised?
  • What if I want to work abroad?
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Accessing 'hidden' jobs

  • What is meant by 'the hidden job market'?
  • How do I make contacts and network effectively?
  • What's meant by informational interviews?

International students

  • The NZ labour market.
  • Working in NZ during, or after, my studies.
  • I plan to return home on graduation.

PhD students

  • What career options do I have?
  • Careers in and out of academia
  • Where are PhD jobs advertised?

Work experience

  • I'm looking for an internship or other work experience.

Job search strategies

Treat your job hunt like a research project. Commit time and energy to the task and take a focused, positive and active approach.  To get started:

  • Break your goal down into specific, manageable tasks.
  • Set up a detailed system for organising and recording all the information you accumulate during your job search.
  • Develop a clear idea of what you are looking for in a job, in functional terms, rather than searching by job title. Similar positions can be advertised under different titles and different jobs may be given the same title although their functional requirements differ.
  • Don't limit your search to particular types of organisations. Quite diverse companies could offer jobs in your area of interest.
  • Research organisations that you could target.
  • Keep up to date with current events by reading professional publications, trade magazines, business publications and articles in the employment section of newspapers.

Seminar on how to find work

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Massey CareerHub is the on-line portal through which you can access job vacancies, details of career events and book a face-to-face appointment with a careers consultant (if you are on, or visiting, a Massey campus).  Access it here.

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Looking for work

Thinking of starting a business, entrepreneurship and enterprise?

  • I have a business idea.
  • I'm curious about self-employment.
  • I'd like to explore enterprise and entrepreneurship.

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What might I earn?

Here you can access a series of fact sheets tables on the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification at a tertiary education provider in the New Zealand tertiary education system. They also look at destinations including what proportion of graduates are employed, in further study, overseas, or on a benefit.

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