Nearly all of us have dreams, but only a few try to implement their dreams. Meet Mignon Olivier who has recently started her journey towards her career as an entrepreneur.
She is our first student from South Africa (see this post for a list of nationalities at the College), though Mignon has lived in various countries in her life. It is remarkable that she has chosen New Zealand to get her qualification in Business. We asked Mignon about her background and plans for the future:
“I was born in South Africa but grew up mostly in the United States of America. I’ve spent 5 years in China, 2 years in Canada, 6 months in the Caribbean, 8 months in England, 4 months in Cyprus, and 4 years in the Netherlands. I’ve lived all over the world and I believe my vast firsthand knowledge of different cultures is greatly in my favor when working with people from diverse cultures. I plan to combine this with the business knowledge I will gain from all the courses I’ll be taking at Canterbury College.
I plan on becoming an entrepreneur. My dream is to have a chain of restaurants starting here in New Zealand and eventually expanding to every 1st world country on the planet. Cafe Mignon will be a chain of modern, moderate, and tasteful eateries worldwide that adapts to each country while maintaining a uniform company image. I will take into account different cultures, not only in regard to customers but in regard to my staff as well. Once my first establishment starts generating significant profit, I will begin studying towards my MBA.
I am so excited to begin my studies at Canterbury College and start working towards my dream!
Quote: Nee heb je, ja kun je krijgen (you’ve already got a ‘no’ but you can get a ‘yes’) i.e. it can’t hurt to ask!”
By the way the New Zealand Diploma in Business is an internationally recognised qualifications that provides students with a broad range of general business skills and knowledge. It will suit anyone who is interested in business and wishes to quick-start his or her study, as it is widely recognised by universities and institutes.
If you are interested in this course, hurry, as the first classes start on 28 of February! The course schedule for this year is:
28 February – 9 April Accounting Principles
11 April – 28 May Economic Environment
30 May – 9 July Business Communication
25 July – 9 September Introduction to Commercial Law
12 September – 29 October Business Computing
31 October – 9 December Organisation and Management
For more information download the course brochure