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Student Stories

Accounting and Finance

Business graduate Scotty Jenkin is an accountant at Noone Plus in Timaru. He enjoyed the flexibility of his study at Ara, including the ability to study online.

Scotty Jenkin


Danielle studied agribusiness at Ara. The papers studied gave her a skill base that she is applying to the business aspects of her dairying work.

Danielle Bosch

Agribusiness graduate Daniel Holden works on a cropping farm outside of Timaru. He enjoyed the flexibility of study while working, and the topics covered relating directly to his work.

Daniel Holden

Human Resources

Human resources graduate Amanda Hogan is the store manager for Timaru's New World Supermarket.

Amanda Hogan

Belinda Baird started her career in business administration and financial analysis. Then she owned and managed her own small businesses before returning to the corporate world 11 years ago to work in human resources.

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Belinda Baird

Influenced by her daughter who was a student at Ara, Sheryll Anngow decided to return to study. She chose the New Zealand Diploma in Human Resource Management, which she studied part-time while continuing to work full-time.

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Sheryll Anngow

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Business Graduate Paul McKnight's career has taken him to Melbourne, Australia, where he has set up a forestry contracting business, Incite Silvaculture.

Paul McKnight

Project Management

After gaining a graduate diploma in project management from Ara, Ahmed Tolba has gone on to work as a sales readiness manager for Microsoft in Dubai.

Ahmed Tolba

Even though he had a full time job and a busy family life, Gerald Mellish was able to complete a Bachelor of Applied Management in Project Management in half the time it normally takes.

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Gerald Mellish