I am located in Christchurch and am currently studying full time towards a Diploma in ICT/Network Administration (encompassing a mixture of NZQA modules, ETITO modules and CompTIA and Microsoft certifications).
In order to pay the bills, I work 20 hours/week in a local restaurant.
Even though I enjoy my hospitality job, I feel that it would be beneficial for me to look for work more closely related to what I will be doing in the future, because I would like to hit the ground running with some basic experience as soon as I graduate.
So my question is: what sort of part-time work (evenings, weekends, approx 20 hours per week) exists for an ICT student? Nothing matching that description is widely advertised on the usual channels.
I had considered applying for a part-time retail position somewhere like DSE, Jaycar or even Noel Leeming. Even though these are not related to my (hopeful) future employment I would at least be immersed in technology all day.
As IT professionals, what could you recommend I look for?
Can I approach IT firms and offer my services to them without being laughed out of the building?
What would you look for on the CV of an entry-level/new graduate application?
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