For many, 2020 has been – to put it politely – a bit of a crap year. There are more blunt ways to describe it… but you get what we’re saying.
For many SIT2LRN students, lockdown provided an opportunity to catch up and get ahead with assignments, or even to start new courses. There was a real upsurge in enrolments for intakes three and four as students realised the benefit of studying with a trusted education provider experienced in distance learning.
For students like Heather Gordon, SIT2LRN proved to be a crucial mechanism of change. Staring down an uncertain future in the tourism industry in Fiji, she headed home unsure of what she was going to do. Thanks to SIT2LRN, she was able to study full-time during lockdown and emerge on the other side with a new qualification and a renewed sense of optimism.
For some, lockdown was a blessing in disguise. Bryce Robertson was regularly making a 346km round trip from Dargaville to Auckland to attend classes as part of his study through a blended delivery programme. But once lockdown arrived, they moved the classroom to Zoom … saving him a four hour roadie.
Yet this edition doesn’t just focus on those students affected by Covid-19. We’ve also got some inspiring stories about those who have embarked on new career paths, thanks to SIT2LRN.
Take Brook Rush for example. He put up his hand to be the office health and safety representative… but enjoyed it so much, he’s studying in the field and is now moving into a full-time role as a health and safety officer with a focus on wellness.
There’s also an article about Maddie Bridge, who was so inspired by her mother’s study experience with SIT2LRN that she decided to embark on her own journey… while still at high school. She began studying with SIT2LRN at 15, with the goal to become a wildlife veterinary technician or vet nurse working with endangered species. Talk about being an inspiration herself!
No matter how 2020 has treated you, it’s a relief that it’s almost over. But the question now is what will 2021 bring? How prepared are you to face what life throws at you? Perhaps, like many in this issue have found, SIT2LRN will have an answer for you too.