Thank you for your inputs Pari & highly appraise
Your top two bits (PGDip & language) are like bouncers to me but very vital and I take these as critical ones and try to mould my skills and strengths accordingly.
Just to clarify so that others also benefit,
I am targeting minimum “Level 8 (1 year) program” which is like two thirds of the Master’s, if finances support me & comes across any special subjects/area, I will continue into the Masters (Level 9). Initially targeting PG 'cause both PG and Master’s give 3 years post study work permit & pathway to settle. And as per the long term PR Skill list, IT has always been and so I am targeting PG/Master in IT with specialization in Data Science/Analytics & Visualization or Cyber Security.
Absolutely, what you said is just so true. “Excel in whatever one does”. Noted Hope you get to understand my situation, married + two kids and work exp of more than 15+ years (10 in IT and 5+ self-employed), going to study fulltime is not easy but I am sure I will do it because I have been a life long learner & want to settle in NZ and live away from family for that period so that I can focus on my skills, networking, freelancing, exploring NZ and keep the costs lower. And on the curriculum front, I already have experience in the subjects during my IT stints with different corporates. Also, english has always been my favourite subject since primary School (88/100 was my least marks during entire study in English). Hopefully, as a side hustle, want to start video creation for (internet) marketing because currently its one of the biggest market and later specialize and do a few DS projects related to Video Analytics.
Finally, as of now my list of Uni/Institutes is (spoke to a couple education consultants, couple of NZ folks already working post study and other considered were parameters like Cost of study, location, professional networking opportunities during study - Conferences, chapters, communities, etc)
- EIT, Auckland
- University of Waikato (Hamilton) - looking for Academic excellence Scholarship
- Weltec, Wellington - looking for Academic excellence Scholarship or any for that matter
Any further thoughts/suggestions/real experiences/references/opportunities/pointers are always welcome.
Take care, relax & be safe in the current tough times.