Interning at The Peace Foundation was an eye-opener for Farjana Rahman, who now knows what she wants to do in her career.
Farjana recently finished the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management at OPAIC. She spent time interning at The Peace Foundation as part of her course. The organisation offers programmes, services and resources that help establish and maintain peaceful relationships. Those resources are used in schools, homes and communities, in New Zealand and overseas.
Farjana has always had an interest in the not for profit sector and has previously worked as a teacher. She came to New Zealand because she wanted to test her capabilities in an international environment and prove herself.
The Corporate Relations Team at OPAIC took her interests into account when they helped her to secure her internship.
Farjana interned as a data base officer, updating school information in The Peace Foundation’s database and looking for gaps in communication between the Foundation and the schools.
She says it was a great learning opportunity for her.
Her vision has become clear since completing her internship and diploma and her dream has become bigger.
“My focus is on serving and developing the education sector and making a difference in students’ lives.”
She says she's seen great examples of how to do that from the teachers who helped her throughout her course.
“The strategies they are implementing and the ways they teach are amazing.”
They taught her all the relevant theory, as well as how to implement that theory in the business world and she enjoyed that study approach.
“I really like the way they put all the knowledge into practice. That’s quite important for us.”
Farjana says she also got a lot of help from student support services at OPAIC.
“The way they empower students is amazing. They really find the potential in the students. I really appreciate the way they found out my potential.”