Simren Kohli's father mentored her to believe in change, so she built her business to offer every kiwi an eco-friendly choice.
"Running a business is not easy. As my business grew I wanted to know more about business practices in New Zealand, so I enrolled at MIT. I’m not saying change is easy – it requires commitment and passion. But I believe we can shape the future, together.”
"Going to study to be a chef at MIT made me extremely focused. Having my formal qualifications meant that I went on to work in some amazing restaurants. At one stage I was the head chef at #5 the hottest fine dining restaurant in town. I’ve cooked for the Sultan of Brunei, I’ve cooked for Kings and Queens and I wouldn’t have had that had I not had my foundation set for me."
"Looking back on my experience at MIT, I really enjoyed the learning style. I did the lectures online and only had to come into class for one week a semester to do the practical parts. Overall, the atmosphere and the way that classes were taught was really enjoyable, and not too restrictive either. It just feels comfortable. Having a qualification is really important if you want to land that dream job!"
Studying at MIT enabled Ezra (RAZÉ) to bring her ideas to life.
"I sing to entertain, dance to feel, write to explore and teach to learn. I'm open to learn from my surroundings, my people, my culture, my family. Because I'm a maker, and that's what makers do."
Ezra has become an inspiration to the next generation.
When Ezra isn't in the spotlight as RAZÉ she inspires the next generation as a dance teacher. She believes teaching dance helps young people grow.
"I want to be a hip-hop teacher because Ezra's inspired me so much to do what I love."
"I chose to study here because I feel more comfortable in this environment. You're not just a number. Our lecturers know you, they know your name, and they know your lifestyle. It's like a family here at MIT. There is lots of variety and opportunities to apply our learning. We are learning in the books, we are learning with technology, and we are learning hands-on."
"As part of our training we have to do six months of sea time, which gives you real world work experience. Our lecturers are all from the industry – we learn subjects like maths and physics, but they make it relevant to marine engineering, so it means you get the knowledge you need for the real world. If you're looking for a job that lets you travel the world and pays well, definitely consider a career in maritime. I couldn't think of anything better to do."
MIT alumni Grant Wenzlick, took his first step towards a career in the auto-mechanic industry when he left school at 17. Grant pursued an apprenticeship at a small-town mechanics in the Hauraki Plains, completing his studies with MIT. Just over 10 years later Grant purchased his own auto-mechanic business which has grown from a team of two in 2001 to a team of 11 today.
"Everyone always tells you to follow your dreams and that's exactly what I did. It’s about getting stuck in and learning from the past to help make your future."
Grant is adamant that hard work pays off, for those willing to do it. His experience has taught him that no matter the circumstance, a willingness to get stuck in, learn, and never give up will get results.
"There’s no problem a little bit of hard work can’t solve. Follow your dreams. It's never too late to make things happen."
"There are so many success stories from MIT; I knew right away this was the place to start my future.
As a female, studying in a male-dominated sector was a little intimidating at first, but the support of the people around me, including the lecturers, gave me the confidence to believe in myself.
My advice to anyone considering MIT would be to not let anything stand in the way of pursuing your dreams."
“Having a profession where you can show your family that this is what I do, I think that’s really important for us. This morning I was saving someone’s life and at 3 o'clock, now I’m at home playing with my girls outside kicking a ball.
That’s the sort of stuff money can’t buy and that’s the sort of stuff you get being a health professional."