I’d always had an interest to work in the construction industry and, through research at the time, learnt that New Zealand had a shortage of qualified construction professionals and that the sector was likely to continue growing. I wanted to increase my likelihood of gaining employment against other candidates and earn a comfortable salary, so decided to enrol in the NZES course. Being able to study online in my own time meant I could complete the course quickly, and I soon started gaining interviews. I was lucky to secure my current role within a short timeframe and now apply the estimating and surveying skills I learnt in the course on a daily basis. My employer saw the qualification I gained as a real asset to his business and advised that my drive to complete the course and the skills and knowledge I learnt were what pushed me across the line to get the role.