New Zealand Diploma in Business graduate and single mother, Pascale Hopkins, completed her qualification recently, but it wasn’t always easy.
It was an “extremely challenging” introduction, heading into four months of COVID-19 lockdown in 2021, just a week into her course.
Pascale, from Auckland, had chosen the online course through eCampus NZ and NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wānanga. Since the programme was offered online, she could study flexibly while looking after her two children.
Now she has some advice for other parents taking the plunge into studying.
Top tips for parents undertaking study
Pascale encourages parents to be organised and not afraid to ask for assistance from their teachers.
“It helps to plan your daily readings and workload but be prepared for it not to go to plan every time,” Pascale said.
“Lean on your tutors they are super helpful and understanding if you find things tough.”
She also finds taking a break a great way to freshen up and refocus.
“Making time for yourself is so important to avoid burnout and to keep you engaged with everything else in your life,” she said.
What inspired Pascale to keep on going, rather than giving up?
“My vision of what the future will bring and the reward of completing my qualification,” she said.
“It was super exciting and thrilling to be able to show my kids what you can achieve if you work hard.”
Fast forward to 2022 and Pascale not only completed eight courses through NorthTec Tai Tokerau Wānanga in Whangārei, but she hit the ball out of the park with some fantastic results. She secured A+ grades in six out of her eight courses.
According to Pascale, this was the most comprehensive New Zealand Business Diploma in Leadership and Management and the best course for her career path.