Heres an opportunity you don’t get everyday
When I received an email from Claudia Gonzalez from the Johnson group that said "Here is an opportunity you don’t get every day - the chance to be involved in something that will really make a difference to a skilled migrant, to New Zealand and to your own organisation.” it was like a red rag to a bull. Pick us!
A complex collaboration
The Skilled Migrant Programe is a complex and very successful programme run collaboratively between the Rotary Club of Wellington, Victoria University, the Johnson Group and a group of employers that are keen to provide quality intern opportunities for people that are new to NZ and who haven’t been able to work in the profession for which they are qualified.
That fitted perfectly with who we were trying to help out at SubUrban - and we were in major need of some help with graphic design as we were in the process of moving to a new space!
I met with Claudia and described what sort of person would be a good fit for the work that we do at SubUrban. Claudia made an inspired match with Jocelyn Lizar, who is originally from Chile, is a graphic designer and is bright, bubbly and willing to give anything a go.
The Deep End
Talk about being thrown in at the deep end! The day Jocelyn arrived we were moving our stuff from our old space in a shop in the Johnsonville Mall to our new space across the carpark above the Mobil Station.
Being a social enterprise we do things on the smell of an oily rag so that meant piling stuff into cars and wheeling chairs and carrying pictures, cleaning and lifting.
When we moved in we then needed to update all our graphics, marketing material, business cards, design, arrange signage and then throw a big launch party, with our Mayor of Wellington doing the official speech. All our local councillors and MP’s were to attend as well.
I can safely say, I don’t know what we would have done with Jocelyn - we certainly would be more difficult to find as we wouldn't have any signage!
It takes courage
Jocelyns’ 6 weeks with us flew by. We had loads of laughs, a few “oh no!” moments and a right good party when she left. But most importantly it made us realise how we are all unique and the way we work in New Zealand,and at SubUrban, is different and takes courage to navigate through. Jocelyn showed courage and even more so because she was the only one on the Skilled Migrant programme that didn’t have a partner to fund her unpaid internship.
What next for Jocelyn? Hopefully she will be back working at SubUrban! We will keep you posted..
Kathleen from SubUrban