Leading by Example

What drives you to study? For some it’s a love of learning, a career change or a desire to improve circumstance. For others, it is a simple quest to prove to themselves and their children what they are capable of – to live up to their full potential.

There is a well-known saying that says the best way to lead is by example. By demonstrating to our young people how education can change our lives and the commitment it takes to achieve results – we are absolutely leading the way.

Teaching the value of education to the next generation, to our tamariki, cannot be overstated, and it is a value we see recognised time and time again by many of our learners at eCampus NZ.

Rachael Hurst who was a solo parent studying for a Certificate in Business, said it was a great feeling to have her kids proud of her.

“My daughter would see how hard I was working on my assignments and would get so excited when I got my marks back,” said Rachael.

This sentiment was echoed by Kelly Richardson, a mum who graduated with a New Zealand Diploma in Business from eCampus NZ.

“I really wanted to study because I want to have a qualification behind my name to further my credibility. Additionally, with young kids, I really wanted to encourage them to pursue higher education, I wanted to set an example,” said Kelly.

Charlotte Kahukiwa is another learner who lists her children as one of the main reasons she studies.

“I wanted to upskill so that I can influence my children to be successful. To be able to work in an environment where I will enjoy the work I do, not just work to pay the bills.” Charlotte said.

Jo Miles, Sales and Business Development Manager of eCampus NZ says it’s hard not to feel inspired when you hear about these women and men working hard to show their children how to go for what they want.

“As parents we have many responsibilities and one of these is to ensure our children are given every opportunity to receive an education. Often, unfortunately we can get lost in the busyness of parenting and put our own dreams on the backburner. But it is so important to not only show our children what they can do, but also what we can do,” says Jo.

Important information for new learners

eCampus NZ as a business unit of Open Polytechnic, is now part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

From 1 January 2023, eCampus NZ will no longer enrol new learners into study plans delivered on the eCampus NZ learning platform.

However, all courses/programmes will still be available for online study through Open Polytechnic - Te Pūkenga.

The eCampus NZ team is here for you. If you are still experiencing ongoing issues related to Cyclone Gabrielle, please contact your advisor or facilitator so we can work with you to get you back on track.