After coronavirus stranded me and my girlfriend in New Zealand in February, we had to make some difficult decisions. Should we come home or apply for a working visa here in NZ? We had only been away from the UK for 2 months so we decided we weren’t ready to go home and applied for the 1-year working holiday visa which we were eventually granted in May of this year. After weeks of job searching and rejection, I was offered a job doing data entry for the Electoral Commission of New Zealand. This role involved processing thousands of handwritten forms to enter that data into a database. …

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