WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
Last September my wife and I decided to live outside the U.S. for a few years, and thought New Zealand would be a great choice personally and professionally. I was the director of audiology for a large ENT group and, at 59 years old, was looking for a different way to practice. I sent letters of interest to several audiology companies here and had conversations with them. By far my interaction with Amplifon (Bay Audiology) was the most professional and efficient. It included a role play with a simulated patient, and it turned out my style of interaction was well suited to their corporate philosophy.
Honestly, the process of getting to New Zealand was more difficult than we had thought it would be. Amplifon engaged an immigration consultant for us who made it significantly easier than if we had done it on our own.
Now that we are here (arrived in May 2016) we are loving it. We got lucky and are living on the West Coast of the South Island. If you’re looking for a change of lifestyle, environment, culture I would highly recommend considering having a discussion with Amplifon.
Charge Clinician, Lower Hutt
The process of applying to work in New Zealand was pretty straight forward in terms of getting hired by a clinic. Getting the paperwork ready for the NZQA and NZAS applications were a bit more of a challenge. However, once ready, the process went without a hitch. Bay’s trainers and supervisors were amazing at making sure you are ready and confident to sit the clinical exam. That being said, I very much appreciated that I would be able to start working right away as a Provisional Audiologist before sitting the exam, which was a great comfort to me moving here.
Working for Bay has been great! There is a lot of support coming from head office and the management team, and there is an important focus on work life balance. The job itself is very similar to what I did in Canada. I also appreciated the fact that there was an opportunity for me to quickly manage one of the clinics, which was a great stepping stone in my experience as an Audiologist.
As for living in New Zealand – NZ has a lot to offer for travellers. You don’t have to go far to see a spectacular landscape. It also has a lot to offer in its culture with its history, museums, theatre, music, movies (obviously!), cafés and restaurants. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here, and I am really happy I took this leap. For all Canadians considering this experience, I would say go for it. Only piece of advice: NZ can get colder then you think – bring a jacket!
Cluster Manager, New Plymouth
My husband and our 18 month old daughter moved to NZ from San Diego, California in 2007 with the intention of staying for a couple of years. We were looking for a change of pace and thought New Zealand would be the perfect choice given our love of the ocean and outdoors. We had lived in smaller towns in the past in Canada and wanted the same here in NZ. The first few months were a big adjustment, as it moving to a new country. However it was not long before we had a great network of friends. People are still curious to ask where we are from and how we ended up here. Working in provincial towns in New Zealand has always appealed to me mainly because as a working parent it is very easy to have that “work/life balance”. We do not have to consider long commutes as part of our working day, and New Zealand is beautiful, safe and people are very friendly!
When we applied for our work visas to come to NZ it was very straight forward and surprisingly fast once we had my contract offer and sponsorship from my employer. Because we were quite happy with what New Zealand had to offer our family and for our careers we decided to make this our permanent home. I love working for Amplifon because there are numerous opportunities available for professional development. I started as a clinician at a clinic in Gisborne and subsequently became a charge clinician in Napier, then New Plymouth and most recently I have started a new role as a cluster manager in the region we live in. Our company believes in investing in their employees which is evident with regular training available as well as support to attend National conferences. I would highly recommend the Amplifon group to new clinicians who are just starting their careers and to Audiologists who perhaps want a new challenge.
Cluster Manager & Clinical Trainer, Wellington
I completed an on line application and sent my CV. I was contacted by HR soon after and had 2 phone interviews about myself, my lifestyle and work experience. They wanted to make sure I would be a good fit with both the company values and be happy in the area I was to move. I accepted a contract after a couple months of deliberation (a big move across the world by yourself can be daunting!). Bay was helpful with any questions I had about obtaining the visa, moving, getting banking sorted, tips for finding accommodation, and any other things you would need in a new country. They put me in contact with another American audiologist at the company who had recently moved over, for some extra support. I like the NZ lifestyle, the people are friendly and always interested in your story of how you got here. It feels safe, and for a small country there is quite a lot of exploring to do! Travelling around the country is really easy as well (especially compared to coming from the States). It is also nice to be close to Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands for getaways. Bay is a great company that provides so much opportunity to challenge yourself as a clinician and explore other leadership options as well. The teams around the country and the team at support office make you feel very valued as an employee. It is a supportive and positive environment to work in, and we also like to have fun and celebrate our successes!