Hanne Hardy knows first hand the challenges that come from being a rural Mum with limited options available for the future. With her two children close to leaving primary school and a farming enterprise to look after Hanne had to take stock of what life had to offer.
Despite being fully qualified in Industrial Organisational Psychology, Hanne found that, there is little scope in this field in the rural sector. She made the decision to increase her skill base and is now three papers away from completing her Bachelor of Business Studies with an Accounting major.
“I started the degree because I wanted to be able choose what I did with my life once the kids were at secondary school” says Hanne “although I have taken on several jobs and voluntary projects I also wanted to be building a future that I was in control of.”
“I love being on the farm and I was already doing some of the book-keeping, but I wanted to understand exactly what the figures meant to our business. Doing a business degree majoring in accounting to complement my existing skills was a natural choice.”
Hanne admits that studying extramurally full-time has come with its own challenges “I have been doing 3-4 papers per semester, so with two children at primary school and the farming business to run I have had to be very disciplined with my time management. The hardest part has been getting enough blocks of uninterrupted time to get all my study done while making sure that everyone else has what they need.”
Some people think that it is hard to study without having a support group of other students, but Hanne is quick to disagree “the support from the Massey extramural staff has been fantastic. There are forums and support services available for those who need that connection with their tutors and other students.
“The best part about achieving this qualification is that it has opened the doors for me to keep learning and keep following my passion for knowledge. It is allowing me to have a career on my terms, not anyone else’s.”