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Interested in becoming a structural engineer? Find out more from Anna

Interested in becoming a structural engineer? Find out more from Anna

Anna McMullen, I currently work as a Structural Engineer for Beca in Tauranga.  What did you want to be when you were 16? When I was 16 I knew I wanted to be an Engineer because I enjoyed Physics and Maths at High School. I also liked Woodwork...

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See how Anna became a structural engineer

Anna studied, travelled and then returned to the bay to begin working for Beca in 2017. Find out more about her career journey here

Want a career in marine biology? See how Chris did just that

Want a career in marine biology? See how Chris did just that

Chris Battershill, Professor and Chair, Coastal Science University of Waikato What did you want to be when you were 16? Couldn't decide between being a medical doctor or a marine biologist. What did you end up doing when you left...

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See how Chris became a science professor

Chris Battershill is a Professor and Chair at the Coastal Science University of Waikato. Read Chris's career journey and get some great advice and career insights…

Interested in a career in Freight and Logistics? There's some great videos here

Interested in a career in Freight and Logistics? There's some great videos here

Trade up and become… A Truck Driver  A Heavy Automotive Technician  A Forestry Truck Driver A Career in Warehousing & Distributor    Without Road Transport everything stops We talk to Truck drivers...

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Want to work in the film industry? we talk to BOP Film CEO Anton about just that

Want to work in the film industry? we talk to BOP Film CEO Anton about just that

Anton Steel CEO of Bay of Plenty Film, the Regional Film Office whose focus is growing the Screen Media Industry in the Bay of Plenty.   What did you want to be when you were 16? Probably a professional surfer   What did you end up doing...

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Interested in a career in broadcasting? Check out Jolene's career journey

Interested in a career in broadcasting? Check out Jolene's career journey

Jolene James, Operations Manager/Breakfast Host/Local News, Mediaworks Tauranga What did you want to be when you were 16? A journalist or TV host. What did you end up doing when you left school? Working part-time as an announcer at the local...

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Want to work in the safety, quality, training and environment industry? Get the inside story from Becky

Want to work in the safety, quality, training and environment industry? Get the inside story from Becky

Becky Cox, Regional SQTE (Safety, Quality, Training and Environment) Administrator, Fulton Hogan Bay of Plenty What did you want to be when you were 16? I wanted to be a Radio Celebrity or a Pilot. What did you end up doing when you left...

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Want to become a marketing exec? Find out how Rhian did just that

Want to become a marketing exec? Find out how Rhian did just that

Rhian Ecclestone Marketing Executive for Tuskany Agency/ Cake and Coffee Consumer  What did you want to be when you were 16? An Actor or a filmmaker. What does an average day look like? My job is extremely varied, I work with a number of...

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Got political aspirations? We talk to Tauranga City Councillor Max Mason

Got political aspirations? We talk to Tauranga City Councillor Max Mason

Max Mason. City Councillor. Tauranga Citywide Council.   What did you want to be when you were 16? I didn’t know. What did you end up doing when you left school? Conscripted into the army and became a soldier.   Describe a day in...

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Does management in the construction industry appeal? Get some great advice from Sarah

Does management in the construction industry appeal? Get some great advice from Sarah

Sarah Ross, National Operations Manager, Form Building & Developments Ltd What did you want to be when you were 16? A psychologist What did you end up doing when you left school? I just wanted to get on with things so I left halfway through...

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Is engineering the career for you? Get some great insights and advice from Gavin

Is engineering the career for you? Get some great insights and advice from Gavin

Gavin Frost, BOP Regional Manager at Beca Ltd What did you want to be when you were 16? An Engineer. I liked fixing things, building things with my Dad and helping him fix the car. That said, most of my childhood I thought I would be a vet! What...

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Keen to be a practice manager in a law firm?  Find out how Sharline achieved just that

Keen to be a practice manager in a law firm? Find out how Sharline achieved just that

Sharline Fitzgerald, Practice Manager, Holland Beckett Law What did you want to be when you were 16? A Chartered Accountant. What did you end up doing when you left school? Accounting Clerk at a Chartered Accountants office. Describe a day in...

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Interested in a cool creative career in design and manufacture? You'll love Richard's story

Interested in a cool creative career in design and manufacture? You'll love Richard's story

Richard Parker, Owner, Black Chilli Design, Partner in Elite Event Hire What did you want to be when you were 16? There wasn't the wide choice of careers that are available today and industry apprenticeships were common but I wanted to go to Art...

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Want to become a magazine editor or publisher? Find out how Jenny did just that

Want to become a magazine editor or publisher? Find out how Jenny did just that

Jenny Rudd, Editor and Co-Publisher, UNO Magazine. What did you want to be when you were 16? Either a criminologist, a journalist in war zones or a lorry driver.  What did you end up doing when you left school? I grew up in the UK, and went...

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Are you good with numbers? Get Tom's insights on accountancy

Are you good with numbers? Get Tom's insights on accountancy

Tom Beswick, Director, Ingham Mora Chartered Accountants   What did you want to be when you were 16? I wasn't 100% sure but thought I wanted to be in business and possibly an Accountant What did you end up doing when you left school? 7...

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Are you passionate about a career in graphic design? We chat with Creative Director Tara

Are you passionate about a career in graphic design? We chat with Creative Director Tara

Tara Fowler, Creative Director, Tuskany Agency   What did you want to be when you were 16? I knew I wanted to do something creative and self-expressive. I didn’t know what exactly.  I continued to do the things I loved which at that...

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Is events management the career for you? Find out why Millie loves her role

Is events management the career for you? Find out why Millie loves her role

Millie Newitt, Downtown Tauranga Promotions and Events. What did you want to be when you were 16? I never had a specific job title in mind. I did, however, know that I loved the arts; painting, design and drama. I also knew that I was a very social...

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Interested in a career in medicine? We get some great insights from Geoff

Interested in a career in medicine? We get some great insights from Geoff

Geoffrey E Olsen, Director, Fraser Clinic, Phlebology - Non-surgical Treatments for Varicose Veins, Skin Cancer Treatments, Non-surgical Cosmetic Treatments What did you want to be when you were 16? I always wanted to be a DOCTOR What did you end...

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Think you have what it takes for a career in the arts? Get the inside scoop from Kimberley

Think you have what it takes for a career in the arts? Get the inside scoop from Kimberley

Kimberley Cleland, General Manager - Tauranga Arts Festival What did you want to be when you were 16? A Greenpeace Activist What did you end up doing when you left school? Studying Environmental Management and a Masters in Planning at the...

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Interested in communications or project management? Annie sheds some light

Interested in communications or project management? Annie sheds some light

Annie Hill, Communications/Projects Manager, Priority One What did you want to be when you were 16? I didn’t really know what I wanted to be when I was 16. I considered going to journalism school as I really enjoyed writing but knew I...

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See how Annie became a communications/projects manager

Annie Hill is Communications / Projects Manager for Priority One, our region's economic development agency.  How did she get there?  Get her career insights here…

Does a career in hospitality appeal? Check out Jessica's story

Does a career in hospitality appeal? Check out Jessica's story

Jessica Rafferty - General Manager/Owner - The Crown & Badger What did you want to be when you were 16? An Architect. There was something about designing functional workspaces and changing people's lives that really enticed me. Helping to...

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Interested in working in the aviation industry? Read Verghese's story

Interested in working in the aviation industry? Read Verghese's story

Verghese George, HR/Commercial Operations Manager JNP Aviation Limited What did you want to be when you were 16? A Pilot. What did you end up doing when you left school? Mechanical Engineering. Describe a day in your life at work: It can be...

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Interested in a career in the building industry? Mark has some great advice

Interested in a career in the building industry? Mark has some great advice

Mark Kopke, National Operations Manager for Generation New Zealand (National office of Generation Homes) What did you want to be when you were 16? A Pilot What did you end up doing when you left school? A carpentry apprenticeship...

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Is creativity your passion?  Read Meg's career journey and advice

Is creativity your passion? Read Meg's career journey and advice

Meg Davis, General Manager, Creative Bay of Plenty What did you want to be when you were 16? I had no idea. None. I really struggled to imagine myself in a ‘dream job’ as there were so many things I liked, but very few which fit...

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Heading for a career in the art sector?  Get the low down from Karl

Heading for a career in the art sector? Get the low down from Karl

Karl Chitham, Director, Tauranga Art Gallery What did you want to be when you were 16? An artist What did you end up doing when you left school? I spent a year at AUT doing a certificate in Graphic Design (before computers), then did a Bachelor...

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Want to work in HR? Find out how Danielle did just that

Want to work in HR? Find out how Danielle did just that

Danielle Pierce, HR Advisor, Holland Beckett Law What did you want to be when you were 16? A professional volleyball player. I have played volleyball for as long as I can remember and have been lucky enough to represent New Zealand in both beach and...

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Looking to make it in the media world? Bernie's advice will help

Looking to make it in the media world? Bernie's advice will help

Bernie Morgan.  Senior Account Manager.  Mediaworks.  What did you want to be when you were 16?  A Writer. What did you end up doing when you left school? Studied and became a Registered Nurse. Describe a day in your life...

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Is the food industry where you're heading? Daniel has some great advice

Is the food industry where you're heading? Daniel has some great advice

Daniel Ramsey, General Manager, North Island Mussels Limited What did you want to be when you were 16? I wanted to be a farmer. What did you end up doing when you left school? I completed a Bachelor of Technology (Food) degree at Massey...

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Want to work in the fast paced media environment? Letitia is doing just that

Want to work in the fast paced media environment? Letitia is doing just that

Letitia Poultney, SunLive News Editor and Newsroom Manager, SunMedia. What did you want to be when you were 16? Forensic Pathologist or Embalmer. What did you end up doing when you left school? Studying to get my diploma in Journalism, while...

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Interested in running a company? we speak to Murray who does just that

Interested in running a company? we speak to Murray who does just that

Murray Sparks, Owner/Director of Premiere Showers   What did you want to be when you were 16? Golf Professional (A big dream and a rather unrealistic dream!) What did you end up doing when you left school? Not really knowing what I...

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