Otago Polytechnic

Juggling skills required

Renee Brown wants to set a strong example for her children.

Renee Brown

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I’m doing all this for the kids -- to prove that you can do anything if you put your mind to it

Renee Brown knows a fair bit about juggling figures - be they big numbers or small boys. 

Exams might be looming for the first-year Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting) student, yet she is no stranger to challenges. 

The 24-year-old mother-of-two completed a New Zealand Diploma in Business last year, having successfully tackled Level 3 and Level 4 Certificates in Business (Administration and Technology). 

She decided to enrol in the Level 3 certificate when she found out she was pregnant with her first child.

“I was due to give birth to my son in the mid-year break and I was unsure about carrying on, because my family were saying how difficult it is with a new-born,” Renee recalls.

“But I thought I could do it, so I enrolled in the Level 4 Certificate when my first child was three weeks old. I brought him to class until he was six weeks old and then put him into the day-care centre across the road (Polykids).”

Renee and her husband had another baby this year. In fact, she brought him to class when he was a week old.

“I had him in his pram and would pop out of class to feed him. The other students didn’t mind. In fact, they keep asking when he’s coming back.

“I’m doing all this for the kids -- to prove that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

 

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)

This qualification has Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ) accreditation and is ideal if you are studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant or Associated Chartered Accountant. Incorporating case studies, workplace-based or focused assignments, and a major industry project for professional accounting and associated research project, this hands-on qualification has industry experience and connections at its core.

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) or (Leadership and Management)

Focus on the skills you need to work effectively and successfully in a range of operational roles in business with this industry-relevant qualification. Acquire the abilities and knowledge to make you a valued employee who can contribute from day one in an organisation or prepare for higher levels of learning and development.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

Do you want to learn how to make an office run smoothly and efficiently? Then this is the ideal option. If you're someone who has already mastered the basics of business administration, this nationally-recognised qualification will help you step up to a more senior level. If you're new to administration, it will give you an advanced understanding of administration and management skills that will make you a valuable asset to employers.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

This nationally-recognised programme is ideal if you are already in, or seeking to move into, a general administrative, data entry, receptionist or customer service role.

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Renee Brown

Study

Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)

This qualification has Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (Chartered Accountants ANZ) accreditation and is ideal if you are studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant or Associated Chartered Accountant. Incorporating case studies, workplace-based or focused assignments, and a major industry project for professional accounting and associated research project, this hands-on qualification has industry experience and connections at its core.

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) or (Leadership and Management)

Focus on the skills you need to work effectively and successfully in a range of operational roles in business with this industry-relevant qualification. Acquire the abilities and knowledge to make you a valued employee who can contribute from day one in an organisation or prepare for higher levels of learning and development.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

Do you want to learn how to make an office run smoothly and efficiently? Then this is the ideal option. If you're someone who has already mastered the basics of business administration, this nationally-recognised qualification will help you step up to a more senior level. If you're new to administration, it will give you an advanced understanding of administration and management skills that will make you a valuable asset to employers.

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 3)

This nationally-recognised programme is ideal if you are already in, or seeking to move into, a general administrative, data entry, receptionist or customer service role.