Schol­ar­ship gives a help­ing hand

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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.

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