Sam Kim – Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

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It only took four days for Sam Kim to fall in love with New Zealand and decide he wanted to live here.

The former South Korean journalist enjoyed a brief visit to the North Island in 2014 and that was all it took for Sam to reassess his future.

I was sick and tired of the competitive South Korean culture so New Zealand was very appealing to me. The people here were very friendly and the scenery was beautiful.

Sam Kim, Auckland Institute of Studies 2017. September 2017. Photo:Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images

He returned home to South Korea and decided Information Technology (IT) would be an ideal career path to pursue.

I wanted to do something practical. I used to enjoy studying computers when I was a teenager and I was curious about the network systems that operate behind computers. IT seemed to have a bright future in New Zealand with plenty of jobs available so I decided to do that.

With the help of a Korean education agency, Sam discovered Auckland Institute of Studies. He liked the fact AIS was an NZQA Category 1 provider, the campus was not located in the busy central city, and a student hostel was available on-site.

Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) – Auckland City Campus

The 30-year old remembers being “overwhelmed with joy” when he began his year-long AIS Graduate Diploma programme in May 2016.

Sam says the experienced lecturers helped equip him with theoretical and practical knowledge, and he was impressed with the high-spec laptop that was supplied to all IT students to complete their assignments.

He was also impressed that he and other student representatives were regularly given the chance to talk directly to the academic head of the programme about any issues or suggestions they had.

During his study Sam was selected for a 12-week internship by AIS’s own IT department. He helped staff members and fellow students resolve problems with their laptops and mobiles.

That internship, combined with the quality of my programme, helped a lot when looking for a full-time job. Having AIS on my CV really gave me a competitive edge.

Sam is now working as a service desk engineer at Westbourne IT Global Services in Auckland. He provides technical support to a multinational pharmaceutical company which has 8000 employees worldwide.

Sam Kim, Auckland Institute of Studies 2017. September 2017. Photo:Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images

Sam also enjoyed the inclusive, multicultural nature of the AIS campus. “Auckland is a very multicultural city so AIS is good practice for interacting with society. I would definitely recommend AIS.




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