Jeremy Sherlock hails from the Coromandel, of Tainui and Ngati Awa descent.
Before publishing, I struggled to find a line of work that matched my interests. But the publishing course at Whitireia solved that problem and led to a strenuous but deeply rewarding period of study.
After graduation, I was offered one of the three places on the publishing intern programme - six months' work at Zenith Publishing. That led to an editorial position at Reed Publishing, then Penguin Group (NZ), where I work today as a commissioning editor.
I still regard my year on the course as one of my most cherished. It led to being employed by one of New Zealand's best publishers - and I formed some lasting friendships.