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Alumni & Success Stories

Lance Cpl. Hayden Holmes

Lance Corporal - NZ Defence Force
What programme did you complete at NZSE College?
ATC Military Prep
What is your current role?
My name is Lance Corporal Hayden Holmes. I’m a soldier in the New Zealand army and I have spent the past 8 years in the Royal NZ Armoured Corps with Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles as a crewman. Most recently I have joined the Youth Development Unit.
What were you doing before you started your studies at NZSE College?
Before I went to ATC Military Prep, I didn’t have NCEA Level 1. I was also getting into trouble at school, I was being a bit ruckus.
What were some of the skills you learnt during your studies at ATC Military Prep?
ATC got me disciplined, got me in shape, got me my credits in NCEA. I was even able to get a job after the course in the lead up to joining the army, due to the helpful support at the school.
Did the Career Services at NZSE College help you in gaining your current role?
The support at ATC Military Prep helped me get a job after the course in the lead up to joining the army. A lot of my mates from the course also were able to join the Defence Force and other employment.
What would be your top tips to others who are about to graduate from ATC Military Prep and will be looking for work?
The advice that I would give to any student or anybody else who wants to join the New Zealand Defence Force, is simply to believe in yourself, have a bit of self-mana, have a bit of self-pride, go hard, no matter what you do. We don’t want fools in the New Zealand Defence Force, we want people that can think. It’s a common misconception that we just want robots, that isn’t the case, we need people that can think. We need people that are fit, motivated, keen to go.
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