Student story – a new challenge

When offered the opportunity to upskill through online study as an employee of the New Zealand Defence Force – Lynette Bokany jumped at the chance.

“I wanted to broaden my knowledge in something outside of my current skill base.  I was also motivated by the need for a new challenge,” says Lynette.

Studying project management part time for more than a year, Lynette has found eCampus NZ flexible, easy to use and easily accessed.

“I really enjoyed the flexibility and ability to study at my own pace and in my own time”, she says.

When choosing to upskill part time, particularly while working or while caring for young children, the challenge to find balance is not always easy. Lynette found that though there were some tense moments when assignment deadlines were looming – with careful planning these could be overcome.

“At times, it was difficult. Normal work and family pressures don’t change, so there were some stressful times. But careful planning at the beginning of the modules normally ensured the stress levels remained manageable. I found early planning greatly assisted in meeting the deadlines and achieving my goals.”

For those thinking of studying, but unsure of whether to take the plunge – Lynette gives this advice…

“It’s very flexible and rewarding. You get out of it what you put in. Give it a go, you have nothing to lose!”


Be sure to check out our full range of Student Success Stories and if you would like to learn more about the qualification that Lynette achieved take a look at the New Zealand Certificate in Project Management

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.