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Graduate Story | Shona George

NZ Certificate in Business First Line Management – Level 4

I am happy to share my success story as a graduate of the NZ Certificate in Business Level 4, First Line
Management from Aspire2. Completing this program has been an incredible journey, and I am proud of
the achievement.

I knew that online learning was the best option for me because I am a full-time worker and a mum. The
flexibility offered by online courses allowed me to balance my responsibilities effectively. I had previously
completed the NZ Certificate in Business Level 3, Introduction to Team Leadership with Aspire2, and it
was a positive experience, so I decided to continue my studies with them.

The application process couldn’t be smoother. Following the email instructions, I easily logged on to the
student portal and set myself up for class. The tutors were absolutely amazing, providing continuous
support and guidance. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication.

I appreciated the flexibility to study whenever it suited me. Balancing my workload and responsibilities,
I found it best to dedicate time on the weekends. Initially, the workload felt challenging, but eventually I
got into the swing of things.

I was pleasantly surprised by how many new skills I acquired during my studies. Many of these skills
I could apply to my work at St. Vincent running the food bank. The programme built on my existing
knowledge, and I enjoyed implementing these newfound skills in my role.

Completing this programme is a tremendous achievement for me. As a mum of eight children with no
formal education background, I am extremely proud of myself. It was essential for me to prove to myself
that I could do it, and I am absolutely stoked about this accomplishment.

I wholeheartedly recommend this programme to others looking for study opportunities. I am constantly
encouraging my colleagues at work, including those with no qualifications, to enrol at Aspire2. I
truly believe that anyone, regardless of their background or age, can achieve their goals through this
programme.

To those considering the programme, I say, never give up! Have faith in yourself, and you can do it. The
journey may be challenging initially, but sticking it out will fill you with immense pride.

Lastly, I must mention the amazing staff at Aspire2, who were constantly pushing me to strive and
achieve my best. Their dedication and support made all the difference in my journey, and I am grateful
for their presence every step of the way.