T high school, ca­reer guid­ance coun­sel­lors seemed like gods to me; uniquely in­sight­ful peo­ple who could look at my ap­ti­tude and char­ac­ter, as­sess fu­ture em­ploy­ment trends and fig­ure out what would be the right job for me.

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All those binders in the li­brary, all those op­tions. But then, it was a ca­reer coun­sel­lor who con­vinced me to take Latin and three kinds of sci­ence. The only thing I have ever failed is fifth-form physics, so thanks for that. Amo, amas, I can’t.

I was told at var­i­ous times that I would do well as a lawyer or psy­chother­a­pist or so­ci­ol­o­gist or univer­sity lec­turer or hu­man re­sources con­sul­tant. None of these seemed quite right, but I pur­sued the HR sug­ges­tion, all the way to a de­gree in or­gan­i­sa­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

It was Not the Right Ca­reer for me. I was so bored by the time I got my di­ploma that I dived into a poorly paid re­port­ing job at a lo­cal news­pa­per and, well, here we are. When my first story, about a tu­atara be­ing toured around Gis­borne schools, made the front page, I was hooked.

Matt Chisholm, the cheeky-chappy broad­caster who is fronting New Zealand’s ver­sion of Sur­vivor, was a banker for a while. Pre­sum­ably that was never a com­fort­able fit. TV is a more ob­vi­ous en­vi­ron­ment for his bouncy en­thu­si­asm and highly mo­bile face. Not for­get­ting that he knows how to tell a stonker of a story.

Read Britt Mann’s pro­file on page 8 to learn how his in­cred­i­ble brother in­spires him.



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