Ashley Tipping

Course Attended: Business and IT

An afternoon visit to Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Westport campus to “take a look at the brochures” has resulted in a serious course of study for local woman Ashley Tipping.

“I had graduated high school and was working in retail locally, but I just decided I wanted to challenge myself. I thought I could advance my skills so I went in to the Polytechnic and had a look.”

Ashley, 23, completed the Certificate in Business Administration and Computing in 2015 and is now studying part-time towards the NZIM Diploma in Management while continuing to work locally.

“I am so pleased I decided to sign-up for the Certificate course. It was really fun and covered a wide variety of work, I met lots of great people and the tutor was fantastic.

“I didn’t really have any further study plans beyond that, but I was doing well and the tutor asked if I had considered further study. So I found out more and now I’m doing the Diploma.

“Everything has just been falling in to place for me. To be honest, I still don’t have a goal for the end of my study next year. At the moment I am just taking it as it comes and seeing what opportunities will arise. I’d say to anyone thinking of upskilling that it is definitely worth giving it a go – you never know what might happen.”