Kerry Franklin knows what she wants and is going for it. Two years ago Kerry was too shy to speak in front of more than one person at a time. The thought of giving a presentation of her work, pitching for a job to a group of people, terrified her.
Today she speaks clearly and with confidence when presenting her ideas – and she has many – to prospective clients.
What changed in those two years? Kerry started on an 18-week Certificate in Desktop Publishing course at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. She enjoyed it so much she continued into the full year programme. With encouragement from her tutors, practise in front of her classmates and personal determination, she overcame her fears, even enrolling in an evening Toastmaster course to gain more confidence. And she did all of this while raising her two children.
After passing the one year certificate she decided to continue to the level 6 Diploma in Design and Multimedia.
"It was really worth it," says Kerry. "The first year gave me a good grounding, but the second year was when the lights came on and I really began to understand creative process and how to apply it. I know what I’m talking now. I’m confident in my ability and I can interpret what my clients are looking for into effective designs."
"I think back to when I started, how little confidence I had, whether I could do it, whether it was what I wanted to do. The desktop publishing course was a really good way to start because it gave me an idea of the industry and some skills to build on."
Kerry is now building her design business from home to enable her to be there for the kids when they get home from school.
"It’s the sort of job you can do from home," says Kerry. "It's the perfect job for me."