Thu 28 Feb 2019

Scholars have made a change

Two students who have made significant careers changes are splitting a $10,000 business scholarship offered by WITT.

Sherlyn Shivangni trained in make-up artistry and hairstyling while Taryn Utiger, a WITT journalism school graduate, produce a wide range of stories as a journalist for the Taranaki Daily News and then Stuff.

They both applied for the $10,000 Bachelor of Applied Management scholarship – and Paul Wilkinson, Programme Manager Commerce, Computing, IT, Creative Technologies and Engineering, said they simply couldn’t be separated based on their academic abilities, attitudes and community work.

So both will have $5000 put towards their WITT studies.

Sherlyn is into her second year of a Bachelor of Applied Management programme at WITT. She is majoring in accounting and her goal is to become an accountant, then a chartered accountant in New Plymouth.

She says three years’ work in retail gave her an appetite for business study.

“Another confirmation that I made the right the decision was my interest and enjoyment of studying accounting at WITT last year,” she said.

Taryn chose the Bachelor of Applied Management (Project Management and Marketing) for its versatility and adaptability and because it would be a qualification she could use to contribute to the community.

“I want to run festivals in Taranaki, project manage and market community initiatives, and generally help our community prosper,” she said.

Taryn spent a year in marketing, helping to promote WOMAD, the Taranaki Arts Festival and the Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival, but her plans were literally swept away by a freak wave which caught her as she walked her puppy. She was left with a broken leg and serious ligament damage which has required two operations.

“The silver lining was it gave me the time and the opportunity to consider what I really want from life, and how to get it,” she said.


Pictured: Sherlyn Shivangni and Taryn Utiger (right) are WITT’s latest scholars.