My chosen programme of study was the Business Management Health programme. I completed this part time over five months earlier in the year and am now working towards my Diploma in Business Management.
I desperately wanted to get back into study but because I was working full time it was difficult. My previous role at 2degrees Mobile was extremely demanding, and although I loved the job, I had to reluctantly put my studies on hold, which was really hard for me.
After moving into a business role at Vodafone I felt inspired to study business, but even doing night classes would have been a struggle to fit in. When I found out about this programme it not only fitted in really well with my schedule, but it also meant I could complete my studies faster than if I was attending physical classes.
When I enrolled, I was really anxious to build my managerial skills and gain more experience to improve in my current role and future roles - but what I gained from studying here has actually changed my whole perspective on life.
I received so much support from my tutor Linda, who constantly gave me great feedback and was always there to assist me. She was extremely kind when I had an overwhelming workload and reassured me that I could do it. She helped me believe in myself. In the past I have never had this kind of support from a teacher/lecturer, but Linda made sure I always understood the work and has supported me throughout my journey here.
Now I feel I have the skills to become a better manager. It has changed my perspective of business and I hope to start my own business once I’ve completed the rest of my education at Aspire2. The skills I’ve learnt here I will carry with me for life.
Having the ability to start and finish work whenever I like and complete the qualification at my own pace has been a real highlight. I’ve also loved the group projects. Sometimes studying can feel not very relevant to life – but the group projects we did were interesting and fun to complete and actually applied to real life situations.
Some weeks were tough, especially those when I was doing a lot of overtime at work and was absolutely exhausted. At times I wondered if I would be able to meet the deadlines, but my tutor was very supportive, and she always responded promptly so I could complete the work in a timely manner. My partner, colleagues and friends also offered great support along the way.
I am a Business Specialist at Vodafone New Zealand and I specialise in finding fixed and mobile solutions for SME and medium enterprise business customers within NZ. I was already working here when I started studying with Aspire.
The BMP programme has helped me gain confidence which was something I previously lacked. I feel I’m better equipped for my role now and can recognise how the business can grow and improve. I’ve also learnt how I can implement a great workplace for my own business in the future, which I’m really look forward to after completing my next qualification.
At the moment, I would like to stay in my role as Business Specialist and later look for a team leader position within the company. After completing my Diploma and BA (hons) in Business, I would like to open my own piercing shop.
Absolutely! For I start I do not have a student debt to pay off unlike my peers! Studying via distance learning means I can support myself, work around my busy work schedule, and complete my studies faster than if I was studying in a physical place. My learning style is different from many people I know, and this programme has worked really well for me. Having the modules, assignments and tutor available has made for a really great support system and enabled me to complete things as fast I can. Aspire is truly a great organisation for people wanting to both work and study.