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Relocating to a new country can be a daunting yet rewarding experience. For Marius, the decision to move from South Africa to New Zealand was driven by a desire to provide a better life for his family and explore new opportunities. We caught up with Marius to talk through his journey and how it all started.

Background and Motivation for Relocation

Starting his career in South Africa's gold mines in 2004 as a Mechanical Fitter, Marius accrued 18 years of experience before setting his sights on New Zealand. The allure of giving his family a better life and exploring the world motivated his decision to relocate. The opportunity arose through Tradestaff, a recruitment agency initially involved in a project in Auckland that, unfortunately, was postponed due to the pandemic. Despite the setback, Tradestaff later offered him a position in Wellington, New Zealand.

Experience with Tradestaff during Relocation

Marius praised Tradestaff for its support during the relocation process. He highlighted their assistance in introducing him to the local work industry, making the transition smoother. Their guidance and readiness to address any concerns significantly eased his settlement into the new workspace.

Challenges and Adaptation to a New Environment

Undoubtedly, relocating from one country to another brings its challenges. Adapting to a new culture and work environment was a notable hurdle. However tackling it with determination, striving to succeed despite the initial uncertainties was key to success.

Comparison between South African and New Zealand Trades Industries

Addressing the differences in trades industries between the two countries, Marius initially had concerns. However, upon starting work in New Zealand, he found striking similarities in his trade while acknowledging the shift in colleagues but the constancy in the nature of his work.

Life in Wellington and Career Aspirations

Living and working in Wellington, New Zealand, brought a sense of safety and diverse leisure options, contributing to a fulfilling work-life balance. As for his career, he envisions further professional growth and development, expressing an eagerness to expand his skills and potentially transition into different roles within the company.

Advice for Tradespeople Considering a Move to New Zealand

Reflecting on his experience, Marius encourages others in the trade industry to seize similar opportunities without hesitation. He emphasizes the abundant possibilities and the fulfilling life awaiting beyond work hours.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, this tradesman's journey from South Africa to New Zealand stands as a testament to the possibilities that arise from taking bold steps towards new opportunities. His experience showcases the support and guidance provided by Tradestaff and serves as inspiration for others contemplating similar relocations. Embracing change can lead to a life filled with growth, both personally and professionally.

In his own words, "Jump in and do it. Life goes by so fast. Do not waste more time. Take the big step and experience how it feels to really live."

The journey from one continent to another may seem daunting, but as this Marius’s story illustrates, it could be the key to unlocking a fulfilling and enriching chapter in one's life.