We consider ourselves pretty lucky to do what we do. But we know luck isn't the best strategy when you’re trying to get the job of your dreams. So, we decided to take the guesswork out of job hunting. By combining relevant courses with valuable feedback, we show you how to bridge the skills gap between you and where you want to be.
Whether you’re just starting out or want to get further ahead in your career, Joy Business Academy can give you the skills and opportunities to make it happen. We work collaboratively with learners, employers and businesses to ensure companies are getting workers who have the skills they need to get the job done. We developed our online courses specifically to the skills we know employers are looking for, so you go into work with transferable skills that won't date.
Once you sign up you can instantly connect with thousands of other users who are just like you; ready to go out and change the world, the JBA way.
Check out our own stories below.
James started his first business when he was 9 – tying fishing flies for the local market. Ever since then he has had a passion for creating businesses, everything from the online travel industry, and the ski industry, to animal health & pathology, and now ice cream and online education. The one constant has been the utilization of technology and its ability to disrupt within an industry. James started Pride & Joy in 2013 with the goal to change people’s lives through the teaching of life and business skills by giving individuals the opportunity to own and run their own ice cream business. Through this experience it showed the massive skills gap that was evident when starting a business as well as the skills employers were looking for from University graduates. What did James do about it? Started JBA.
Mandy has been involved with the JBA journey since its inception, and is passionate about her role in UX (User Experience). After following a diverse career pathway, Mandy’s remained absolutely steadfast in her passion and dedication for lifelong study and learning. In fact, she has lost count of how many courses she has completed online –some to indulge her love of learning, most to up-skill herself in her industry. She knows the online learning space really well, and completely understands the user experience, fully respecting the resources people need to invest in JBA – time, money and emotional energy.
You might think working in commercial finance sounds a bit, well, dull - but Brendan guarantees there’s nothing dull about his work with the Joy Business Academy! The team here is always full of energy and Brendan's the one that helps keep them buzzing. It’s his job to manage the commercial finances, processes and systems behind the scenes. Brendan makes sure everything’s running like clockwork so JBA can do what it does best – inspiring some of New Zealand’s most remarkable people.
Kerran has spent the last 10 years creating first class learning experiences for companies from start up land to corporate and government. He's personally battled on the frontline and knows the importance of developing learning for the end user in a way that stimulates behavioural change. Kerran's passionate about cold hard results such as increases in sales, customer service standards and employee engagement and hates (with a passion) ticking the box exercises.
Grant still loves playing video games and binge watching the latest T.V. series and Japanese animes. As a kid, he would spend hours copying characters from magazines and doodling on his sketch pad. That was the drive and motivation which launched him on his quest into the creative world. The path was not always smooth and there were many obstacles to overcome. One of the biggest challenges was figuring out how he could make a living from the things he loves doing – doodling. Luckily for him, he is still doodling and supporting a young family doing what he loves.
Ash has done everything from being a sales person, to a sales trainer and facilitator, Instructional Designer and Creative Media guy. This has given him a varied set of skills that has allowed Ash to be pretty creative in what he does. He has created learning that has been delivered face to face, been developed into eLearning and through video. Ash loves having a good laugh while getting the work done that needs to be done. His humour could be described as dry, but he thinks he is hilarious. He really does.
Suman (pronounced shoo-mann) is a keen technology and design aficionado, creative problem solver and all-round awesome guy (his own words!). Pulling experience from a wide range of industries and roles over the last ten years helps Suman create learning that is fun, engaging and most importantly, gets results. When he is not working you can find him gaming, playing guitar, riding a motorbike or hanging out with his family (not necessarily in that order).
John started his career in the finance industry of all places. But, with a passion to engage and serve business people, soon changed tack and got into sales, where he’s been ever since in a variety of roles. Most recently John was a Business Development Manager, hunting new business opportunities based on customised solutions that created long lasting relationships for telecommunications & technology organisations he worked with. Here’s his sales pitch: "Call me now +6421980096 I’ll shout some of our award winning Ice Cream and talk about how your organisation can make a positive impact in people's lives and our community."
Conor is a web developer who loves making beautiful sites that are fun to navigate. After completing a degree in 3D animation he decided that it wasn’t the direction that he wanted to go in, but along the way he picked up an interest in coding. And the rest is history. When he’s not coding up a storm, Conor is fighting imaginary dragons with a set of dice, and watching the latest TV shows and anime.
Passionate about education technology, Jonathan spends his time developing web applications that would encourage users to learn in a new and creative way. He strives to challenge himself and continuously learn new skills that will help him create innovative and interactive websites. He is loving being part of JBA and continues to develop the online learning space here.
Krissy is no stranger to front-end development, having spent 7 years in the online marketing industry, where she has worked on everything from social media and graphic design to SEO and web development. Drawing on her design communication degree, she brings a fresh approach to front-end development, having worked on both the design and development of over 100 websites. Krissy now focuses mainly on the building and coding of new exciting courses for JBA. Krissy is passionate about helping people and animals, she regularly volunteers her time and skills for local charities.
Curious Martin has been exploring different work environments till he settled down here at JBA. He was in the army, became a golf coach, then a chocolatier, then a chef and now he is a web developer! He loves creating really attractive and highly functional products. There’s something wrong if a day passes without Martin coming up with a new idea to do something better or differently … which means he loves developing dreams into outputs that are exciting, elegant and useful. He loves it here at Joyful Beautiful Amazingful JBA.
Alex began her web development career with a moment of clarity, realising she wasn’t in the right career path for her, and she could do something about it. She retrained in front-end web development and has never looked back. Alex still gets a thrill every time she writes code, and she loves learning a new technology and trying it out on a project. When she’s not excitedly writing code, she’s systematically redecorating her house, or rewatching the entire series of Gilmore Girls from start to finish. Alex is stoked to be part of JBA, and mix her favourite activities with helping other people get into jobs they love.
Working at JBA is Faith’s first full-time role after completing her media degree. Studying in Wellington and Austin, Texas she has a long running love for all things media, especially if she gets the chance be a film snob. Her goal is to create media which gets people talking and to truly make a difference in the job hunting space. As the person behind our social media, she also gets to be on Facebook at work without getting in trouble, which she thinks is pretty cool.
Haiping is very passionate about Web Developing. He has been working as a developer for many years and pays attention to every detail, using his best effort to make sure that all his work is done to the finest quality that it possibly can be. Though he loves Web Developing a lot, he is also great at many other things in life. Haiping likes to go to the gym and also enjoys hiking and bush walking.
A Web Developer since the 90s, Andy is passionate about coding beautifully and feels great achievement in mastering the entire web process. Before joining JBA, Andy used to play key roles in a number of large IT companies in China, such as Sohu.com. Auckland is now where he calls home, he and his beautiful wife love the kiwi lifestyle, and if you were to ask him what he thinks about New Zealand, he would say it's awesome.
Dannielle is our wonderful graphic designer who tackles everything at full speed. It was after a stint in sales, and during a bit of solo travel across Europe, she realised design was her calling and where she needed to be. Dannielle brings a passion for customers and knowing exactly what makes them tick. The user is at the forefront of every decision she makes making her the perfect person to take ownership of our user experience.
A Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Auckland majoring in Management and Information systems, Alana has held a variety of roles. From School holiday programme Supervisor to Sales Assistant and now Junior Recruiter, Alana is passionate about helping others navigate the complex terrain of employment. A lover of Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper you'll find her listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Lin loves challenges and adventures. Her internship at JBA has been a dream come true as everyday is different! She is a foodie and loves watching movies and all sorts of TV shows. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student and loves helping people find and pursue their passions in life. Lin loves learning and growing and is always keen for a discussion about anything and everything.
Emma is excited to be a part of the awesome JBA team. As a not-yet-qualified university student, Emma understands the term “underemployed” all too well. After spending the summer as a business intern for a kebab chain in Jakarta, Emma returned to NZ with a yearning to positively impacts peoples’ lives. She knew she had found her calling when the words “social enterprise” and “JBA Junior Recruiter” appeared on her screen. Emma is a psychology-enthusiast and has a true passion for people. Her favourite hobbies include: watching weird and wonderful documentaries, dog-spotting and travelling whenever the opportunity arises.
Joy Business Academy does more than just provide job opportunities. It’s our mission to bridge the skills gap by providing online courses that give you the skills you need. We work with learners, employers and businesses to unleash everyone's full potential out into the community.
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