Been there, done that! Check out the stories of people working, upskilling, and loving their careers in our awesome industries.
Click the links below to hear from our trainees, apprentices, assessors and workplace heroes, in their own words.
Christopher Gilbertson, known as Gilby, has a long-lasting outdoors career in his sights.
Mariano Garcia Nani is a passionate swim teacher with big dreams.
Victory Boxing reaches out to people from all walks of life.
At Waitomo Adventures, Scott Culpan and his team of guides make sure everyone has the caving experience of a lifetime.
Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre helps young people to grow and develop through the experience of being in nature .
Christchurch City Council has a crew of more than 600 hard-working and talented people on its recreation and sports team.
Jeremy Falconer is the operations manager at the ASB Theatre in Marlborough.
Olivia Rundle works for Shift Wellington.
Latu To'omaga is a fitness expert and community leader in Cannons Creek.
Sally Dymond is an outdoor instructor at Blue Mountain Adventure Centre.
Dion Ngatoro is now a forest ranger for the Akatarawa and Pakuratahi Forest Areas.
Gemma Elsey is assistant swim school manager at CLM The Bays.
Samuel Kau is a lead lifeguard at the Otara Pool and Leisure Centre.
Yvonne Hughey is training manager at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool and Spa.
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou is building up the knowledge and the health of its people.
The Lab Training Centre is a community fitness facility and boxing gym in Napier.
Cardrona is one of New Zealand's biggest ski resorts.
Dion Ngatoro is park ranger for Wainuiomata Orongorongo Regional Park.
John Growcott is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and the owner of 3G Fitness.
Luisa Denton is an assistant coordinator at Massey Park Pool.
Nick Niko is a senior lift operator at The Remarkables.
Gillian Leake is now head of the rentals department at The Remarkables.
Gillian Leake is team leader in the rentals department at The Remarkables.
Ashley Burgess is a mountain bike instructor and guide.
Petr Polivka is acting manager of sport and recreation at Queenstown District Council.
Todd Murray is now a jet boat driver with K-Jet in Queenstown.
Todd Murray works at Wild Earth Adventures.
Liz Nelson is a ski instructor and coordinator for the ski kindy at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Helen Chisholm set up inShape Studio so she could offer something a little different in the fitness world.
Mornay Loubser is the manager of the ASB Sports Centre and Kilbirnie Rec Centre in Wellington.
Nafiza Shareen is the front office/office manager at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool and Spa.
Rohini Chand owns and manages three out of school care franchises.
Cam Soulsby is manager of lift operations at The Remarkables.
Bryn Morgans is the fitness manager and a personal trainer at City Fitness Newmarket.
Kimberley Cosman is a snowsport instructor at The Remarkables.
Dave Thomas is head of the outdoor education department at South Otago High School.
Steve Anderson is a senior raft guide and co-manager of Rangitata Rafts.