Dear What am I Worth,
I have a bachelor of electronics engineering degree from India. After graduation in 1996, I worked as customer support engineer with a US-based instrumentation company in India. I moved into servicing and maintaining computers and then, finally, became an instructor in electronics and computer hardware and computer networks with APTECH, one of India's leading training institutes.
I later moved to the Arabian Gulf with my husband and have not worked for some years. My total job experience is two-and-a-half years. We will be emigrating to New Zealand in a few months.
I have done a course on Oracle 8 and D2K and am familiar with Win 95/Win 98. I also have a moderate amount of knowledge of networking.
With this background, will I be able to get a job in New Zealand and what additional skills will I need to develop to suit the market?
Candle IT & T Recruitment replies: Given your relatively short work experience which was some time ago and also your arrival into a new work environment, you could look for an entry-level role; for example, a help desk, junior LAN administrator or project co-ordinator's position.
You could also apply for a training role. However, because you have not worked locally and have been out of the workforce for some time, you may find the training environment hard to break into. In an entry-level role you may expect to earn $30,000 to $35,000.
In the New Zealand market Oracle skills are in demand and you could consider continuing your training in this area. Also Java, Visual Basic, C++/MFC or any Web development applications are very much in demand.