Solo Mum Turns Business Woman - Rosalea Shaw's Waiariki Journey

08 Dec 2014

Unemployed solo parent Rosalea Joy Shaw, decided to turn her life around by enrolling at Waiariki in 2011 on the New Zealand Diploma in Business, Diploma in Business Studies, and the Diploma in Accounting.

Empowered by the supportive tutors and friendly administration staff of the Whakatane campus, Rosalea states she was able to gain confidence, further her education and establish goals for the future.

“I needed to gain some control back in my life. I felt studying would help me better my situation. I needed to provide a better future for myself and my children.”

Citing her Waiariki graduation experience as one of the milestones of her life so far, Rosalea currently works at Glenn Sullivan Chartered Accountant as an Accounting Technician.

Feeling blessed to have found a local job that not only allows her to work around the school hours of her children, but supports her studies in a Bachelor in Business Studies from Massey University extramurally, Rosalea continues.

“With Waiariki being local, I was able to get childcare and make it to classes. Attending classes gives you the support needed to keep motivated. If I hadn’t have studied locally, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with studying through Massey”. 

Four papers away from completing her degree, Rosalea aims to become a Chartered Accountant, backed by her mentor, Glenn Sullivan.

“I started in business because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Just four years ago, I found my passion for accounting at Waiariki. I would never have thought I would end up here.”

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