Graduate Joelle Li is enjoying life in sunny Nelson where she works as Marketing Representative for a New Zealand sea salt company.
Joelle studied the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management at OPAIC then went on to complete her Master of Applied Management here.
She previously studied game development in China then worked at an internet company but decided IT wasn’t her thing.
She was more interested in business and marketing, so decided to come to New Zealand and study in that field.
“The reason why I decided to come to New Zealand to study was the outstanding educational quality and the natural environment,” she says.
“This country’s amazing, actually, the people are really great, friendly and you can still eat Chinese food here.”
Joelle heard about Otago Polytechnic from her agent and did some research online before making the decision to come.
One of the best parts about studying here was learning about what was going on in leading industries and having people from those industries come to the campus and share their ideas, she says.
“What I found most beneficial about the programme was having a combination of the academic and also the real experience.”
She also loved the campus community and building relationships with new people. She took part in study groups with other students from China and all over the world.
Now Joelle works at South Pacific Salt, a sea salt company in Nelson at the top of the South Island, as the Marketing Representative.
It’s her first job in the marketing industry and she’s settled in fast. She’s glad she studied hard has been able to refer back to her class notes when making decisions on branding, marketing, promotion, and packaging.
“I feel like, what I learned from school, I can apply that in reality as well.”
Joelle’s also been able to approach her former lecturers at OPAIC for ideas and advice.
Read more about the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management.
Read more about the Master of Applied Management.