‘Benvenuto’ to a new life | ELPNZ

‘Benvenuto’ to a new life

16 December 2015

Andrea Baldin and Monica Cugnolio are from Biella in Italy. They made several visits to New Zealand before deciding to settle here. Now Hamilton is their home. 

They live close to Hamilton’s Migrant Resource Centre where English Language Partners (ELP) is based, and so dropped in to find out a little more about working in New Zealand.

Susan Wright, ELP's Work Talk coordinator, told them about the programme and they signed up. 
“It helped our language and our listening,” says Monica, “but it did much, much more. I think the most important thing was practising how to do an interview. I applied for one job, and I got it. I felt calm and confident in the interview. I did everything I had learned.” 
Monica, a former office administrator in Italy, is working as a caregiver for a business called Home Instead Senior Care and she says she’s enjoying the change of role, working with the elderly. She has also done an MYOB course at the Migrant Resource Centre and plans to do another focussing on payroll.
Meanwhile Andrea, an IT specialist, has his own business AB SoftLab Ltd and is working from home. “For me, the course prepared me for the New Zealand work environment … like how to contact people and how to do cold calling.” 
He was also able to visit the local Chamber of Commerce, a local Rotary Club and is continuing to make connections. “I still have a client back in Italy and I have picked up a new client here.”
He’s feeling positive about his future.

Alison Robertson | Photos: Ann Huston

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