The help Julia Panfylov received from English Language Partners was invaluable in landing her a job with Palmerston North City Council.
“The knowledge that I got from the Work Talk course about Maori culture, interview skills, and CV preparation was very helpful,” she says.
Work Talk is an intensive four-week course to help people prepare for job applications and interviews.
“I originally went to English Language Partners to improve my writing, as it is a big part of my job.” Julia says she was aware of her ‘Russian English’ and wanted to use ordinary language and more commonly used phrases. “I wanted to sound like a ‘normal person’!”
“Work Talk really helped me a lot, especially practising interview techniques in class with other people,” she says. “It also enabled me to have a critical look at my CV and cover letters. They suggested I should list my achievements in my CV. That was something I hadn’t thought of doing.”
“Learning about the Treaty of Waitangi was very valuable, as was learning about things like ACC levies and how they apply to me as a contractor.”
On her arrival in New Zealand, Julia spent a year of post-graduate study at Massey University and graduated in 2015 with a Master of Science in Conservation Biology.
“It was great to build on my qualifications but I needed to find a job,” she says. Julia approached local environmental organisations through the Environment Network Manawatu during her search, and was excited to be offered a part-time job with the Palmerston North Environmental Trust.
“I had worked in similar organisations in the Ukraine but I had to learn how things worked here.”
In her role as Project Coordinator, Julia was charged with raising public awareness of environmental issues through community activities and events. Organising and fronting the Palmy Beyond Petrol initiative, the three-week Envirofest event, and the annual Reel Earth film festival, were among her bigger community projects.
To supplement her part-time job, Julia also contracted for the Whanganui Waste Recovery Unit for a year, leading a Pilot Project to assess new recycling technology. When that contract ended, Julia decided to seek a full-time job and new challenges.
Julia’s new job as Community Advisor for the Palmerston North City Council combines both of Julia’s passions – the environment and the community.
“I support local community initiatives that start at the neighbourhood level,” she says. “And then we make them happen together!”
- 48-hour intensive course (flexible hours)
- Learn how to approach employers
- Learn to tailor your CV for specific job applications
- Prepare and practise for job interviews
- Develop your professional networking skills
- English level – Intermediate and above (confident users of English)
- Qualified teachers
- Small classes
- Fees may apply. Ask at your centre.
- In all centres (except Taupo, Marlborough & Auckland West.)
For more about Work Talk, talk to your closest centre