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Alumni & Success Stories

Paris Shum-Kuen-Ip

Loss Prevention Officer - The Warehouse NZ
What programme did you complete at NZSE College?
NZ Certificate in Security (Level 3) and NZ Certificate in IT Essentials (Level 4)
What is your current working role?
I’m currently a Loss Prevention Officer at the Warehouse NZ. This is my second job, my first was with Red Badge Security.
Why did you choose this career?
My start at Red Badge was great but I knew there was more I could do – and that getting a good grounding in IT would also be beneficial both personally and job and career-wise. So, I re-enrolled at NZSE College for the IT programme to give me an employability edge. I’ve been really amazed at just how much I use what I’ve learned from my IT course – it’s been awesome, and the tutors were really supportive and helpful.
What do you like best about your current role?
Discounts! Ha! No, in all seriousness I’ve really enjoyed learning how to communicate with customers and build relationships with the wider team and Managers. When I’m “on-the-floor” I have to think quickly and analyse information that’s coming my way all the time. There’s a lot happening, and you have to be aware of it all. There are also many Council Regulations and Government Acts in regards to the security industry and you need to keep up-to-date with what’s going and how any changes might impact your role. I find all of this really interesting and can see more career opportunities the more I learn.
What were the staff like?
The tutors at NZSE College were fantastic and really supportive not only in regards to the course work but also on a personal level. They certainly pushed us, for sure but, that only made us want to achieve more, for ourselves and, in many ways, for them too. Their support really gets you over the line. I’ve not experienced that kind of dedication before and I think its just part of how NZSE College does it.
What made you pathway from Security to IT?
I knew I wanted to broaden my options and, I’d discovered that I enjoyed studying and I was making new friends and we were all part of something bigger than ourselves. The guidance I received from staff and the Student and Career support at NZSE also made me realise that taking on more was achievable. So I went for it!
Did you have fees-free or similar to help you with studies?
Yes. I had Fees-Free which was a huge reason why I continued studying as well as StudyLink. It gave me the resources I needed to study and succeed. Security was fees-free because I was the right age and the course provided everything I needed from uniforms to stationary and more if I needed it.
Would you recommend NZSE College and these programmes and why?
Yes. The Security course is excellent and there are plenty of jobs out there for those who’ve done the mahi and want to be committed professionals in the industry. My IT course was also great. At work and at home it’s made me more confident with technology – I’d recommend it to anyone.
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