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Blossoming with new ideas! How The Career Academy helped Catriona to branch out.

Catriona Pianina is a work/life/relationship coach with a thriving business, Blossoming Beliefs.

She was keen to further improve the service she could offer clients by building on her previous studies and years of practical experience. In particular, she wanted to broaden her professional techniques, systems and knowledge base in order to assist people with multiple or more complex challenges. Since Catriona is a busy working mother for whom the commitment of attending scheduled seminars is simply impractical, she decided to investigate the option of distance learning.

She found several online providers who offered qualifications in counselling, but Catriona was impressed by the breadth and depth of the topics covered by The Career Academy, so she picked up the phone and spoke to a member of our team. Her initial enquiry was for the Certificate in Psychology & Counselling. However, whilst listening to Catriona talk about her background, experience and goals, our student adviser recommended that she go straight for the Diploma in Psychology & Counselling. Read more

The incredible juggling act. Carol, a working mum’s story

CarolCarol Ramachandran is the mother of four children, in full-time employment, and also helps run the family's new restaurant, Mulan in Birkenhead. She had several diplomas in accounting and business studies, notably from the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI Malaysia) and the Association of Business Executives (ABE). In spite of all this, Carol felt she needed a New Zealand qualification, one which potential future employers would immediately recognise and value.

Having found The Career Academy via Google, Carol immediately felt better. The cost seemed reasonable and the interest-free payment plan was very appealing. She also liked the flexibility of studying online at home. "There was no rush. I could just work at my own pace around the other demands on my time," Carol explains. "The tutors were really supportive and quick to respond. It was just perfect for people like me who're trying to juggle work, family life and study." Read more

There’s so much to gain from getting formally qualified. Leanne’s story

Leanne"I’ve worked off and on in accounts most of my adult life. In difference to the commonly held view that it is not a terribly exciting job, I have enjoyed doing the books for an advertising agency while living in Zimbabwe, worked in London CBD for the UKs largest multi national company and I’m about to start my own book keeping business in Taupo. But one thing has always bugged me and that is I have never been formally qualified.

I discovered The Career Academy online and honestly couldn't have been more excited. They offered me the exact qualification I was after at a super competitive price and offered learning at my own pace. Very soon I had achieved my ambition and completed my Certificate in Bookkeeping. More than just gaining a certificate, the satisfaction did wonders for my self-confidence. Now I really do feel I am part of an industry club. I’m being recognised by my peers as an equal." Read more

Changing careers – it doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth! George’s story

GeorgeA new New Zealander's story

In 2012, George Papaioannou left his home in Greece and brought his wife and two boys to New Zealand for a better life. George was a respected dentist with more than 20 years professional experience. Unfortunately though he found his Greek qualifications aren't recognised in NZ and after much consideration, George decided to embark on a new career pathway.

George searched online and found The Career Academy's Certificate in Accounting. Studying around his temporary job at a fast-food outlet, George successfully completed the Certificate in just seven weeks. Read more

“Feel the fear, and just go for it!” Christine’s story

ChristineChristine Kidd knows all about how to overcome a challenge. For many years, she's dealt with significant health issues, but she continues to face these head-on. As part of her self-development, she's taken various word processing, computing and administration courses over the years, and is now a proficient audio typist who works from home.

Christine wanted to further enhance her business skills and broaden the scope of the work she could undertake. She searched online, found The Career Academy and thought that our Certificate in Medical Reception looked ideal.

It was a big step for her to choose online learning rather than the more traditional "class room" environment. There was a moment of panic for Christine every time she e-mailed through an assignment for marking. However, as she continued to receive the most positive feedback her confidence soared. Read more





The Career Academy is an Approved Training Organisation, certified by the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association, Xero, MYOB, Reckon, New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, International Live Events Association, Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand and the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand. The International Association for Counselling has approved us as an Education Institute Member and the Institute of Hospitality has endorsed our Hospitality & Tourism courses. We are also an Approved Training Employer, certified by Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and have been approved as a CPA Australia Recognised Employer Partner. Many of our courses are Internationally accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards, which guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from an ethically run training organisation. The Career Academy is Internationally Recognised by the International Accreditation & Recognition Council and is a Registered Service Provider with NZTE Regional Business Partners Network. We are also an ICB Accredited Training Provider.