Are you wanting to gain some real work experience?

Like-Minded Learning wants to lead by example by creating real opportunities for experience.

How do you get your first foot on the ladder? Have you been caught in that trap of needing experience to get job, but not getting a job because you don’t have experience? We help break that cycle by including people who are newly-trained (or re-trained) in our day-to-day activities, so that they can demonstrate real experience with real companies on their employment application forms.

If you want to talk to us about gaining experience in learning or educational technology, then the Springboard Programme is for you. Please get in touch.

Does it work? Yes it does.

Don’t just listen to us. Here are some of the people who have been involved in the Like-Minded Springboard Programme. Read a about how it worked for them and where it has taken them.

AdamRole: Graphic designer
Date: January 2015 to July 2016

Having finished my degree, I started working for Like-Minded in 2014. I had the opportunity to work on many different projects across a range of design disciplines and clients. Much of this work was new to me, some of it particularly challenging at times. This did not stop Cathy from involving me whilst providing support along the way. The combination of freedom, support and honest feedback has lead to me learning a vast amount of industry relevant design knowledge. I have also had the opportunity to work alongside some great people whilst absorbing as much information as possible from them along the way.

My experience with Like-Minded so far has been nothing short of wonderful and we will stay connected well into the future. I am now far more equipped in many areas of design, something I wouldn’t have been able to do without the help of Cathy and Hamish at Like-Minded.

Adam now has a full-time job as a graphic designer for PGG Wrightson and is loving the new challenges he is facing.

Project: SCIRT Learning Legacy Project (
Date: March 2014 to November 2014

Completing my internship with Like-Minded and UC Quake Centre was a rewarding experience that allowed me to develop the skills and confidence necessary for a career as a technical communicator. Throughout the project, Cathy gave me enough responsibility to allow me to grow and expand my skill set, whilst giving me support and mentorship in the areas that I needed development.

This experience has been vital for me to apply my skills in a real-world professional context, and the  feedback from this has allowed me to grow my confidence to a point where I was able to get the job I was aiming for before the internship had finished. I enjoyed every moment, and I am grateful for all that the team offered me throughout the project. I would highly recommend Cathy as a mentor for anyone looking for a positive and rewarding internship experience.

Rob has been working as a content developer/writer at the Christchurch-based company, Streamliners, since completing his Graduate Diploma of Information Design at Ara … and he still gets time to perform, teach, and compose music!

TomRole: Learning technologist
Date: January 2015 – now a full-time employee with Like-Minded Learning.

After graduating from university in an unrelated discipline, I joined Like-Minded as a casual employee to provide an extra pair of hands. I was given the chance to learn and gained real work experience. I was offered a full time role in Like-Minded in April 2016 as a learning technologist and I am continuing to learn about a wide range of e-learning tools and skills. These skills will continue to develop as they are applied practically in the workplace. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I really appreciate the opportunity Like-Minded have given to me and am striving to make the most out of it.

Tom is now a full time employee with us here at Like-Minded!

Role: Instructional designer
Date: January 2015 to July 2015

My background is in adult and tertiary education, whilst completing the final stage of the CPIT Graduate Diploma in Information Design I gained some real work experience as part of Like-Minded Learning’s Springboard programme. It gave me the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of instructional design work, including proposal writing, working with learning management systems, course design, and content development. The supportive mentoring and collaborative approach to work that is encouraged at Like-Minded made my learning experience both valuable and very enjoyable.

Emma is now working in a full-time role as a content developer and writer. 

 Instructional designer
Date: November 2015 to July 2016

I worked as an instructional designer for Like-Minded and was responsible for the analysis and design of learning opportunities for a variety of clients, ranging from big to small, from government run to privately owned. Every client had their own needs, required tools to use and challenges to meet, so no two job were the same. This, combined with Cathy, Tom, and Hamish’s considerable educational and technological best practice knowledge, meant that my professional skill set developed rapidly as part of the Like-Minded team.

It was a delight to be part of this team and I would recommend anyone who has the opportunity to work with this team to jump at the chance.

Athena has now moved to Wellington and taken a full-time role as part of an elearning development team.