The former Nelson College for Boys student left high school without attaining NCEA Level 3 and was at a loss for what to do next.
He enjoyed using computers and his mum encouraged him to enrol in the Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4) course at NMIT.
“I thought it would be good to give it a go,” Declan says.
“The transition from college to NMIT was pretty easy. At NMIT the tutors want you to actually understand what you’re learning.”
The certificate is a six-month, intermediate-level programme that prepares students for higher-level study, opening the door to a world of career opportunities in the tech sector.
The programme is divided into four courses that teach internationally relevant, transferable skills and knowledge across a range of IT disciplines.
It’s is available face-to-face in Nelson or online, offering students the flexibility to study remotely.
Declan says he really enjoyed the practical, hands-on approach of studying on-campus in Nelson.
“I get bored reading, it was nice to just do it and to be hands-on,” he says.
“The tutors are great and having a small class size was also good. If we didn’t understand anything the tutors were available to help.”
Taking that first step to learn the essentials of IT has inspired Declan to further his studies at NMIT with an eye towards getting a job in the industry.
“It prepared me for the Bachelor degree,” he says. “After studying IT Essentials, I knew I wanted to continue studying computers, and the tutors were the reason why I chose to continue studying at NMIT.”
Find out more about NMIT's Certificate in Information Technology Essentials (Level 4).