Scholarship gives a helping hand
Talei Anderson, 24, is one of 2228 Unitec students graduating this week.
She has a bachelor of communications and is already making good strides freelancing for a sports media company, contributing to publications like the programme for the recent Auckland NRL Nines.
She hopes to continue building a career in sports media but is keeping her options open.
‘‘I really like what I’m doing, like with the Nines and interviewing sportspeople.’’
The Mt Wellington resident is getting help to chart her future as part of a scholarship she won last year.
Anderson won a Success Scholarship through Unitec and IBM, which has a service delivery centre on campus employing more than 200 Unitec students a year.
As part of the scholarship she is being mentored by IBM internal communication manager Amanda Wellgreen.
‘‘I talk to her once a month and she’s helping me build my skills and is working with me on my CV and cover letters,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s really cool, she gives me perspective and advises me to keep my options open and be open to opportunity.
‘‘And she gives me little goals to achieve each month, like to get more Twitter followers.
Anderson says she found her niche at Unitec. ‘‘I loved it. I’m the kind of person who can’t finish anything but I stayed throughout the whole thing and just loved studying the whole degree,’’ she says.
New grad: Talei Anderson, centre, graduates from Unitec this week and is working in sports media. She had the chance to meet NRL players Paul Gallen and Sam Thaiday.