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Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing
Juan Carlo Crispino came to OPAIC to gain a qualification that would back up his work experience.
JC studied advertising back home in the Philippines and was a graphic designer for more than eight years, primarily in the marketing field. He’s worked for a five-star hotel in the Philippines and designed shirts for a fashion brand.
He decided to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing so he could have a qualification to support that industry experience.
JC plans to continue working in graphic design after he graduates.
“It has been my passion. Being able to relate my passion into what I’m currently studying is pretty much a great thing for me.”
He advises prospective students to pick a programme in line with their skills and passions, as that will make study and job hunting easier for them.
JC says he is enjoying the course here at OPAIC. There is a lot of student support, which is great for students adjusting to a new country.
“It’s really good for someone who came from a foreign country, trying to adjust to the environment and culture here in New Zealand. It’s one of the great things here at Otago Polytechnic. They have lots of student support here.”
All students should be proactive and take advantage of the support on offer, he says.
JC has been doing an industry project with the company TourismHQ, as part of his OPAIC programme.
The work involves graphic design, marketing, and social media. He loves the work, and says the company is supportive and full of good people.
His industry project is about Spring Break Fiji, a five-day event where more than 200 people flock to Beachcomber Island in Fiji to have fun and experience the Fijian culture.
He even had the opportunity to go along to the event - it was his first time visiting Fiji.
JC loves living here in New Zealand and says his favourite things are the culture and the work–life balance.
His father and brother already lived in New Zealand, which is one of the reasons he decided to study here.
“I’m one of the lucky ones. It’s much easier for me in terms of my transition.”