Sharing my knowledge and experience with Migrants and International Students choosing New Zealand as their study and employment destination!!!
WARNING: I believe in bringing the topics right in your face with no sugar coating. I talk about mistakes, naivety, procrastination and at times lack of common sense. My writing style takes away the cushion of excuses from you and often invites you to come out of your comfort zone.
I am a ‘no-nonsense’ guy. Hence reader's discretion is advised.
Can the weak win?
Let’s assume and present two example countries in a mathematical
equation: let’s say, if Country 1 = X then Country 2 = 10X
other words Country 2 is 10 times bigger than Country 1 in terms of its size,
economy, resources, population, army, arsenal, security intelligence etc.
Which country do you think will win if they were to have war?
no-brainer; Country 2…. Right?
we were to study all the wars in the last 200 years in this world where very
large countries (the 10X types) have had wars with very small countries (the X
types), how often do you think the bigger side won?
us, would like to answer the number close to 100%. After all how can you
overlook the ‘10 times’ difference? It’s actually a lot.
answer might surprise you!!
Relations Professor and author of the book “How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of
Asymmetric Conflict”Ivan Arreguin-Toft did the calculation few years ago and
concluded, it’s 71.5%!!!
more than 1/3rd of times the smaller/weaker side has won the wars in
the last 200 years!!
didn’t end there, Ivan changed the question a bit; what happens if the weaker
side refuses to fight the way stronger side wants to fight, using
unconventional or guerrilla tactics?
The winning percentage of weaker side climbs from 28.5% to 63.6%
2/3rd of the times the weaker side has won the war!!! That's 2/3rd of the times!!!
that in perspective, let’s talk about the employment canvas of New Zealand.
More often than not, YOU - the job-seeker, end up being the weak party. You seem
to be a ‘no-one’ in front of the might of employment challenges. Your rejection
in the application process in nothing more than a number. You are competing
with countless other applicants for the single role in contention. You don’t
know how to respond when you are asked for NZ experience. You don’t know how to
be culturally fit. You hear so many things from so many people; what to do,
where to go, whom to speak. What’s right, what’s wrong!!?? Number of unanswered
questions are always more than answers leaving most of you in a less
confident and more confused state of mind. You ARE and you FEEL weak.
worry, 1/3rd chances are that you will still win this war… You shall
be employed!! As Ivan says, “Stronger side has lower interest in war’s outcome
as their survival is not at stake, whereas the weaker side has very high
interest in the outcome as their survival is at stake”
moral of the story is if you need to shift the odds in your favor, stop fighting
the way you are asked to fight by the stronger side.
it’s not all about fighting FAIR, it’s about fighting DIFFERENT.
data proves WEAK who fought to their strengths have won many wars.
me on 021 102 2010 (M) or email me at email@example.com if you are
interested to know what can work for you, how you can be different.
The internet is full of articles that will tell you why NZ is unique and what makes this beautiful country so special but like any other country, NZ has its own culture, work environment, specialties, positives, and challenges. Like any other country, if job seekers take things for granted or focus less on preparation or try to ignore the Kiwi ways the time taken to get what they want will be comparatively more than otherwise.
To help you, the ‘job seekers’, I’ve listed down 6 statements that can be the deciding factor in helping you achieve your employment goals faster. You should know what are these statements, what they could mean for you and what sort of questions you should be asking to understand their effect/s on YOUR job search plans & execution strategies. Statement 1:The unadvertised Job Market.Meaning: There's an open discussion on the internet that talks about the unadvertised job market. Some articles claim 80% of the jobs are not advertised and some claim that th…
Thinking or dreaming about becoming X is ok but you know, just thinking and dreaming won’t be enough, you will have to do something more than that.
This is where our two-step approach comes into the picture.
The primary thing needed to become an X is to learn ‘how to become an X’
And the final step in learning how to become an X is To learn how to learn ‘how to become an X’.
That’s it. It’s that simple.
I’d say please go and learn it and keep doing it.
Keep doing it, not once or twice….
Keep doing it till you get what you want.
We are in 2017 and there are billions of resources available on the internet for learning anything and everything including job search. Blogs, articles, associations, experts, videos, webinars, eBooks. You just name it and these resources are all there on numerous social media platforms sharing their knowledge and expertise with you if you want.
Remember, learn what’s needed.
Then learn how to learn, what’s nee…
Students, when they arrive at the Auckland International Airport; what do they have?
A big smile on their face, spark in their eyes, enthusiasm and determination to achieve their goals, butterflies in their stomach and a commitment to themselves that they will try to get a job as soon as possible and make sure they are not a burden to their parents back home and friends, if any, in New Zealand.
Their attitude is nothing less than that of a total innocence and sincerity.
Once here, they don’t take much time to make friends with the groups they stay with or with the guys they move around or the ones who are in their college. Soon they get introduced to this very special group of students/immigrants who are the ‘been-there-done-that’ kinds. They are a respected lot having solutions and or opinion on almost everything and are often addressed as ‘Seniors’. These so-called seniors always feel the uncontainable sense of responsibility in sharing their pearls of wisdom with these newbies.