Dunedin aeronautical engineering graduate Muhammad Saib
says he has lost count of the number of jobs he has applied
for since completing his training last year. Photo by Peter
Dunedin man Muhammad Saib (22) has lost count of the
number of jobs he has applied for since completing his
aeronautical engineering training last year.
Mr Saib contacted the Otago Daily Times after reading
an article published last month which revealed that 9% of
people on the unemployment benefit have either a degree or a
He could not put a number on how many jobs he had applied
for, but said he had contacted at least 90 companies around
New Zealand "from Auckland to Invercargill" and a few
After spending a year training with Air New Zealand in
Christchurch and two years at Nelson Marlborough Institute of
Technology(NMIT), he thought his job prospects would be
"Back when I first started at NMIT, it was actually pretty
bad then, but they said by the time we finished it would be
much better and there would be heaps of jobs."
This proved not to be the case and since graduating, in
between continuously applying for jobs, he had been working
at The Warehouse to get by.
"It's pretty disappointing; just sad really."
He said it was getting to the point where he was willing to
take any job that was "to do with engineering".
If he was unable to find his favoured work soon, he would
consider becoming a personal trainer - while keeping the door
open to becoming an aeronautical engineer.
Asked what he would like to say to potential employers, he
said: "Give me a chance to prove myself".
By this he meant he would be willing to work for free to show
what he could do and to improve his skill base.
"I haven't given up yet ... [but] I can't wait forever,
because I have got a big student loan."