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“I’m so glad I chose this course. Everyone is so comfortable with each other that it feels like one big family and we have a lot of fun together.”
Huia had just finished school and was working at a job in the holidays that got her thinking about what she wanted to do as a career. “I’ve always been interested in make-up and beauty so searched for what training was available locally then found this and got accepted. I’m surprised and pleased at how quickly I’m picking things up because I was concerned I might not get it.”
“By doing this training I will have an internationally recognized qualification but hope to first get a job locally and gain more experience. Who knows what will unfold from that.”
“It’s really important that we get to spend time working in the industry while we study. I spend two days a week working with Archwell Engineering, and three days in class at NorthTec. It’s a good balance. By doing this I know what I’m aiming for and it prepares you for employment after study – it shows me exactly what I’ll be doing in the real world.”
“Working on rally cars with people from the industry for the International Rally is such a great experience, it is really important for my studies. It will help me with my future career and the potential to gain employment or an apprenticeship after my studies.”
“It’s so important that as students we have the first-hand experience of the pollution in our region - sometimes you can’t see it until you look for it and it creates more awareness about the problem. We get to go on various field trips and talk to people in the conservation industry that are making a difference, and it is just that invaluable experience of being able to say I have experienced this myself first-hand that is crucial as an Environmental Management student.”
“When an opportunity presented for me to fulfil my dream of furthering my education, especially in creative writing, I knew I had no more excuses. I had returned to New Zealand to look after my Mum after living in Sydney for twenty years, and my kids were older now. This course offered a foundation of learning across all writing platforms so was perfect for someone like me just starting out on my writing journey, and I liked that it was online but with hands-on tutor support.”
“Oddly, one of the aspects of the course I was most doubtful about is now one of my favourite parts. I was shy, thinking other students and tutors would be reading my stories in an online forum, but I now think it’s fun and invaluable to all share as our journeys unfolds. I also thought I’d miss the physical interaction with teachers and students but NorthTec host a hui where we meet our tutors and fellow students and hear pearls of wisdom from guest speakers that keep us all motivated and connected.”
“The dedication of the tutors is exceptional. They’re so passionate and professional and genuinely want to see us succeed, so they prop us up when we doubt ourselves and they soothe our end-of-semester stress.”
“A big surprise was that the course covered such a range of writing platforms. I thought it would be solely fiction writing but we explore writing blogs, scripts, eBooks, articles, poetry, writing for children, publishing contracts, how to self-edit, and even the tax responsibilities of a professional writer. My other surprise was a shift from thinking I wanted to write for children to instead falling in love with short story writing, which previously I had no time for.”
“This course has given me confidence and a belief in myself that I didn’t have and has opened networking opportunities and doors to success. Right now I’m excitedly waiting to see my first story in print in a soon-to-be-published short story collection. I’m also looking forward to continuing to level 7 when I’ll be working on a novel and short story collection. With all the support from NorthTec and my family, the sky is the limit now on my path to becoming a professional writer.”
After working in management but not having the right qualifications to advance his career, Corey decided to come back to study. After buying a house in Kaitaia 3 years ago, Corey thought it would be ideal to study at NorthTec Kaitaia campus.
“It’s only a 10 minute walk for me to get to the campus, it’s great to be able to study locally. Being in a classroom environment makes you strive that little bit harder and motivate yourself. NorthTec in Kaitaia is the only place around here that will provide you with a formal qualification in Business Admin, it’s a no-brainer for me.
“The tutors are great, they help you with everything. What makes this programme great is the classes themselves. They are small enough so you know everyone and we have bonded like a family almost.
“The skills that I’m learning in this programme are pretty broad, so I am able to take them into any industry I want to pursue. I have been in hospitality for so long, I’m looking to get into the Film and Television industry, looking at the production side of things.”
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