PT&I Auckland new student intern is from Noumea


The Pacific Trade &amp; Invest (PT&amp;I) Auckland team recently welcomed Sheryllia Waia of Noumea, New Caledonia as its newest intern for a six-week term. The 18-year- student arrived in Auckland a couple of weeks ago on what happens to be her first overseas trip.<!--more-->

Shery, as she prefers to be addressed in the office, will spend her time at the office as a Manager’s Assistant, learning about office administration and business practices.  She has interviewed PT&amp;I staff about their roles and also done a couple of field visits.
<p style="text-align: justify;">Born in New Caledonia, her first language is French and though she speaks a little English, she hopes her English language skills will improve with practice (and we hope we’ll learn a few French phrases).</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">We asked Shery for a few words in French to describe her visit and here’s what she says: “Je suis heureuse d’etre ici aujourd’hui…Cela fait maintenant 2 semaines ½ que je suis stagiaire dans cette compagnie.  Les personnes sont tres sociables.  Je suis en premiere annee de BTS Assistan de Manager au Lycee Laperouse. Grace a ce stage j’acquiererai de l’experience professionnelle.”</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Shery is currently in the first year of a two-year course specialising in Human Resources at the Higher Education Department of Laperouse, Laperouse High School. She lives with her mother and sister in an apartment in Noumea. Her mother is Tahitian, Wallis-Futunian and her father is Kanak from Ovea and Mare.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">As a child Shery lived with her grandmother, her husband and cousin in Poya, North of New Caledonia. It was an idyllic early life, walking home with friends, to a house with horses in nearby fields, next door to the church and in front of schools – a river a short walk away. She moved to live with her mother in 2005 and then attended Jean Mariotti then Koutio College in 2008-2009. From 2010-2012 she did further examinations to continue university studies or choose an alternative course of study.  And she says she loves to study.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The soft-spoken student says her preference is to work in social services, helping others rather than in a purely business environment. At the end of her studies she wants to leave New Caledonia and work in France and one day become a self-employed Human Resources consultant.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">She sounds disillusioned by the increasing crime rates and high unemployment amongst youth in New Caledonia, which is another reason she wants to leave. Shery chose New Zealand for her first internship because her Uncle said the people were more “sociables” – friendly.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Shery is one of 13 New Caledonian students on internships currently in New Zealand.</p>

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