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Mike Edwardson

I will help you get a job!

Mike has a background in student services at The University of Sheffield, where he completed his MA. He has also held diverse jobs in finance, publishing and as a lifeguard. He now puts this varied background to use running our Job Centre, helping students find their perfect roles.

Hailing from Wales, he has been living and working in New Zealand and Australia for the past eighteen months, particularly enjoying the Lions well deserved draw with the All Blacks back in July. He’s looking forward to seeing England take the Ashes home this summer.

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Demelza Career Academy Advisors Demelza

Demelza's been working in customer-facing roles since before she left school, primarily repping and merchandising within the grocery industry. She studied anthropology at university, and is fascinated by what makes people tick. "It's great to get onto the same wavelength as the students I advise," she says, "and to make sure the course they're interested in is the one that's going to be of most benefit to them."

Demelza's sister is a former student of The Career Academy. She successfully completed our Certificate in Child Development as part of her preparation to work as an au pair in the UK.

Outside of work, Demelza can be found relaxing in front of reality food TV shows, and she's a keen cook too. Her speciality dish is chicken satay, ideally accompanied by a fine Scottish single malt.

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Michalea

Michalea

Michalea studied a Bachelor in Health Science and a Masters in Psychology. Michalea finds helping a student start on the right course and ensuring they're satisfied with their online learning experience to be rewarding. She can relate to a lot of our students who have put their life on hold to raise a child to then decide they want to climb back up the career ladder.

Michalea is into modification such as tattoos, piercings and colourful hair, her favourite past time is creating spicy Indian food with vindaloo being a speciality.

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Cilla is a self-confessed workaholic, who has had a variety of customer-focused jobs with the likes of New World, a courier company and an outsourced contact centre.

Wanting to try "something different" Cilla joined The Career Academy as a student advisor and now she loves giving students an opportunity to further their knowledge and education, and ultimately to get a better job. "Helping people makes me happy!" she comments.

Cilla feels that The Career Academy offers students the right blend of empathy and focus. In fact, she says that she'd consider doing an online course herself because she knows that the team here genuinely care about the students' success.

In her rare leisure moments, Cilla enjoys a good read. Stephen King is one of her favourite authors; she likes his unpredictable storylines.

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Joe is Egyptian, and lived in several places before NZ, including Cyprus and Dubai.

Having worked in recruitment and HR, he's seen literally hundreds of resumés and is passionate about fully preparing The Career Academy's students for the job market. "It's never just about enrolling someone. It's also about working on their CVs, giving interview tips and helping them stand out from other candidates." And, if his students are going through the formal process of settling in NZ, Joe can draw on his own migration experience to help reduce their stress levels.

Joe's a football fanatic. He follows Real Madrid and his favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo. "I respect the man," he explains. "He works hard on the field and he's good to his mother."

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