Vishal tells KiwiSkills Relationship Manager Sarah Lee about her experience with KiwiSkills – free computer training for jobseekers.
My computer knowledge was very rusty
“I had my Polytech Science Diploma and wanted a lab technician job again, in a diagnostic or teaching lab. These days you really need to know about a computer, everything is getting computerised.
I was never good with computers and chose not to do computing in high school in Fiji – I had an innate dislike for them. I applied for many jobs, but kept stuffing up my CV – I wasn’t aware how you save in different formats. And these days you have to apply online.”
A better CV and a better chance of a job
“I thought, if I can get more confident with computers, I have a better chance of creating a better CV and a better chance at getting a job.” Then she heard about KiwiSkills at her sons’ school, Brockville Primary.
With KiwiSkills, “you learn at your own pace, classes are small and you get one on one time with the tutor. Ask for help if you get stuck – don’t think you’ll sound dumb. At the end you get the certificate no matter how long it took you.”
The course was handily located at Brockville, and as the weekly tutorial was in the evening her husband could look after the children. She also worked self-paced at home – she says you really need a PC if you want to do the programme – and went back to the modules to revise before the practice and certificate tests.
Things that I thought were impossible are now possible
“KiwiSkills helped me. Doing the course I learned so many computer shortcuts and things that could have saved me so much time. It’s given me confidence using the computer, and increased my self esteem too. I can format a good CV that I can confidently present, and apply online.”
“I now use the computer for pretty much everything – at work, emailing with teachers, Skype to talk to family in Canada and Australia, keeping a spreadsheet for my church of who has donated. I listen to Bollywood songs on YouTube – and don’t have to buy lots of CDs now.”
“After KiwiSkills, I got my application in right and got back to Southern Community Laboratories where I worked eight years ago, as a Lab Technician. It’s something I enjoy doing. I started with 8 hours a week, and now work 40 hours one week, and 23.5 in alternate weeks so I can spend time with the kids after school – piano practice and Futsal!”
Vishal says “Go for it!”
KiwiSkills is free online training to help you get a job. With KiwiSkills you’ll learn important digital skills wanted by employers and get an internationally recognised ICDL certificate to prove it.
KiwiSkills is managed by the 2020 Trust with delivery partners nationwide and financial support from a Lottery Grant. The international ICDL Foundation appointed the 2020 Trust as the official ICDL Accredited Partner for New Zealand.