Shaun Burnett

  • Certificate in Environmental Management (Level 6)

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Keen deer stalker Shaun Burnett wanted to know more about legislation and how decisions are made in government. So he decided to study for the Open Polytechnic’s Diploma in Environmental Management.

“I’m really interested in deer and enjoy being involved in the consultation processes with the Department of Conservation, however I wasn’t confident that I knew enough about our conservation framework and environmental legislation.”

Initially hesitant, wondering if the study would be useful for what he needed, Shaun found the course work invaluable.

“I’m now really confident that I can back up my ideas with references to legislation and environmental science, making my submissions much more credible.”

He says not only was the course work relevant it was also enjoyable.

“My favourite course has been the Environmental Monitoring and Reporting paper. For one of my assignments I got to go out into the high country of Arthurs Pass to collect samples, it was a really great experience and something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Distance education has allowed Shaun to fit his study around his fulltime job and managing his deer.

“In winter it was hard as with the shorter days I didn’t have time in the evening to spend with the deer so I had to tend to them on the weekend. This ate into my study time but the good thing about Open Polytechnic is that there’s no fixed timetable, so I could change my study times to fit around my other priorities.”

He says he was especially impressed with the quality of feedback from the lecturers.

“They really take the effort to give constructive feedback which helps me improve on my work.”

And while he has no plans for further study at the moment: “You never know, I’d like to keep following my passion.”

His advice to others is: “If you’re thinking about study just start.”

“Enrol and get into a routine – It’s quite surprising how fast it goes. You look back, and realise how much you’ve done.”

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