‘‘If you have a passion, you are not working’’
Studying towards the National Diploma in Journalism (Multimedia) (Level 5) was an obvious choice for Jacob Page.
Jacob was recommended to study at Aoraki Polytechnic by his step-father – a newspaper editor - who was impressed with the talent from graduating students. With a love of sport and strong grounds in English it was only a matter of time before the two combined. ‘‘If you have a passion, then you are not working’’. Jacob’s first year of study was on Aoraki’s Certificate in Media Communication (Level 4). ‘‘It was fantastic – we got so many opportunities.’’ After graduating from this programme, Jacob continued in media, studying the National Diploma in Journalism (Multimedia) (Level 5). Jacob felt it was the hands-on approach Aoraki Polytechnic has to learning that made his time so enjoyable. ‘‘Every morning when you wake up, you don’t know what you are going to do’’. He felt the programmes gave him a great taste of the media industry. ‘‘The industry is a million miles an hour’’. After graduating from the programme, Jacob earned an internship with a major daily paper, gaining a promotion to Sports Reporter in November 2009. In line with his sporting interests, he has now interviewed many of New Zealand’s sporting elite, including Crusaders’ coach Todd Blackadder, All Whites’ coach Ricki Herbert, international golf caddy Steve Williams and former top jockey Lance O’Sullivan. Enrolments for Aoraki Polytechnic’s journalism and media communications programmes are being taken now for a February start in Dunedin and Christchurch. Visit www.aoraki.ac.nz or call 0800 426 725 for more information and to enrol.