very lucky.”

a Wakatu Cor­po­ra­tion man­ager led to a cadet­ship where she got to take wanted more. So with some en­cour­age­ment from an NMIT tu­tor I de­cided to en­rol on the Di­ploma, spe­cial­is­ing in sea-kayaking and snow­board­ing.”

Jacinda knew very lit­tle about snow­board­ing and sea-kayaking be­fore she started at NMIT and she says the course was so in depth she learnt

Jacinda Mitchell has a mes­sage for young peo­ple who feel they don’t have any ca­reer op­tions. “Get out there, go for a ca­reer you think you’d she’s gone from leav­ing Motueka High School with no plans, to grad­u­at­ing with a Nel­son Marl­bor­ough In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Di­ploma in Ad­ven­ture Tourism Lead­er­ship. She now works as a se­nior sea-kayak guide for tak­ing peo­ple out on guided trips ev­ery day. They come from all over the world and I get to show them the fan­tas­tic Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park. It’s skills, then they give you all the safety and back­ground in­for­ma­tion and great!” Jacinda loved the course and the peo­ple on it. “I’ve made life­long friends. We were a re­ally sup­port­ive bunch and we all helped each other get through. It was a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all of us. I’m now more ma­ture and I be­lieve in my­self.”

know I’ve got my facts right. It’s also part of telling a good story, which is an­other skill I didn’t have that I learnt.”

Jacinda is now con­sid­er­ing a fu­ture that she says she’d never have be­lieved pos­si­ble when she was at high school. Long-term, Jacinda would like to run ad­ven­ture tourism for trou­bled kids. “I went through high school want­ing to quit ev­ery day and I thought it was all too hard. I don’t want kids to think like that. I want to show them there’s more to life than

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