Jason Skeggs

Staff Officer, New Zealand Defence Force

Jason graduated with his Massey University Bachelor of Aviation Management degree in November 2014. He completed his degree via distance (extramural) study whilst fully engaged with his duties in the RNZAF.

He then decided to continue his University studies by enrolling in Massey’s Master of Aviation (Professional Practice) programme as a distance student.

Jason says that he is attracted to the fact that the papers in the MAv programme are offered by distance learning. This allowed him to continue in his new full-time staff officer role at the New Zealand Defence Force Headquarters. His role includes tasking the P-3K2 Orion on Search and Rescues.

He sees the papers offered in the MAv (Professional Practice) as being relevant to his current role and enables him to gain a strategic view.Not only of his own specialised area of the aviation world but of the broader aviation community with whom he works closely in his RNZAF capacity.

Jason finds that studying at a postgraduate level is increasing his skills in report writing, and enables him to develop the confidence to presenting his findings as a result of his investigation and research in the papers he undertakes in the Master of Aviation.

These are all skills he sees as critical in a rapidly evolving modern work place – be it military or civilian. By reinforcing his military training with University qualifications Jason hopes that in the future - armed with a postgraduate Master of Aviation qualification - he will have gained the skills and knowledge to be successful in undertaking increasingly senior roles within the RNZAF.

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