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Student profiles - Waikato Management School

 

Molly McGregor

Economics
Go for it! CUP and the student advisors have strengthened my decision to attain a higher education. The support systems at Waikato University are there to help you so bring your passion, your drive and a willingness to learn.


Dylan Wilson

Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management
I’ve always known that I wanted to do a management degree at Waikato, because it suits my personality so well. I really enjoy talking to people and trying to solve problems. I was considering going to university in Auckland, but I’d heard really good things about the four-year Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree here in Hamilton; that it was well regarded by employers and includes a practical work internship; so that had a big influence on my decision.


Todd Harper

Marketing, Public Relations
Good communication is absolutely critical to the success of any organisation that needs to make well-informed decisions. The Bachelor of Communication Studies equips you with the industry-relevant skills and knowledge that you need to thrive in in any business or not-for-profit organisation. For me, it’s about understanding how people’s brains tick, how they interact with each other, and finding practical solutions to help organisations overcome any challenges they’re facing.


Xiaokun Deng

Management
The University of Waikato is fantastic because of the resources and help they provide through student services. The assistance you get as a student here exceeded my expectations.


Te Aorangi Murphy-Fell

Finance, Māori Language/Te Reo Māori, Strategic Management
I knew that Waikato had a good reputation for caring about tikanga Māori and Māori students, so that was a big pull for me. The Management School also has a great reputation. For me, my career and life goals are not focused on making money; that’s just a by-product of doing work that is valuable in its own right. I'd like to contribute to the development and strengthening of the Māori economy, which is set to get even bigger in the future.


Celine Kao

Leadership Communication, Public Relations


Norah Guan

Waikato Management School has a prestigious reputation internationally and the courses are very well regarded.


Nicole Davey

Human Resource Management, Strategic Management
I truly believe that you shouldn’t be afraid to have big dreams - hard work and having faith in your abilities will open the door to so many great opportunities.


Tom Leslie

Accounting, Chinese
I wanted to study business because it’s an area that has always interested me; it opens the door to a lot of different career options. My family runs a logging business in Whangarei, and when I left high school I started up my own labour contracting business.


Mercedes Isasmendi Escudero

I am a biochemist and after seven years of working in a laboratory, I started to feel interested in working in other areas of a company. I realised that to do that, I needed to gain new skills and new insights into how companies work in our highly globalised world.


Jed Mark Del Castillo

Jed Mark Del Castillo completed an internship with a New Zealand business as part of his MBM degree, and took part in the University of Waikato-led Market Insights Project.


Cathy Prendergast

Cathy Prendergast has been named as a finalist in the Dairy Women's Network Community Leadership Award 2017.


Adrian Smith

International Management, Management Systems, Marketing
My greatest strength I gained from Waikato is the ability to solve problems and create meaningful solutions. It’s now what I’m famous for – when the problem seems impossible they wheel me out.


Guillermo William Revelo

Studying at Waikato not only gave me academic knowledge, but it also helped me discover my potential as a leader and my passion for community work.


Alana Scott

Strategic Management
Alana Scott is the owner-manager of A Little Bit Yummy, a business that works to create simple, yummy recipes for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome.


Christine Hall

Coming from a health background as an occupational therapist, Christine Hall wanted a business qualification that would enable her to progress her career and move into management roles in other industries.


Anthony Baker

Anthony Baker beat 140 other applicants to be selected for a graduate role at Zespri, the global kiwifruit exporter. Now he's working for Zespri's international marketing team and travels the world with his job. So what made him stand out from other candidates? Anthony believes it was his MBM degree from Waikato that made all the difference.


Jacinda Ardern

Public Relations
Newly minted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies at Waikato Management School in 2001.


Aaminah Ghani

Marketing, Supply Chain Management
I wouldn’t have the close relationships I have now without coming to Waikato. I’ve made friends with a broad variety of people from different backgrounds, which adds to my experience and learning.


Louis Wilks

Marketing, Strategic Management
The really great thing about Waikato University is the people, the lecturers, and all the friends you make.


David Dai

Economics, Finance
Waikato Management School is the only business school in the country that gets third-year students competing in groups in a Case Competition, where you’re challenged to formulate a business strategy for a real-life company.


Srishti Kaur

Marketing
The course helped me to think about my business from a fresh viewpoint, and helped me with my web presence and Google Analytics.


Greg Johnston

Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management
If you’re looking to start your own business, the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree is ideal


Kajol Thanki

Accounting, Law
My time at Waikato has been characterised by a lot of learning and personal growth. I’ve learned new skills and have been pushed outside of my comfort zone through experiences that I could never have imagined I would be a part of when I first started.


Wietske Olthuis

Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality Management
My studies gave me an array of skills across different aspects of management, from communication right through to finance. These can be applied to so many areas of everyday working life.


Alex Johnson

Management, Tourism Management
I was drawn to the MBM because it was a one-year master’s degree that covered 12 business and management subjects. The programme offered practical experiences and insights into real world business realities


Olivia Leckner

Marketing, Public Relations
In my job, I get to contribute to the planning and implementation of strategies and I'm also learning a lot about risk and reputation management, media relations, and public relations strategy.


Kiriwaitingi Rei

Māori Language/Te Reo Māori, Strategic Management
I love how the University of Waikato continues to embrace kaupapa Māori and celebrate the Kīngitanga.


Monica Helbano

Leadership Communication, Public Relations
Studying at Waikato University gave me a solid footing for getting into the professional world.


Taylor Hamlin

Economics, Law
The support from my lecturers has been great – I feel like Waikato is very collaborative and my tutors are very understanding of my extra-curricular activities and basketball in relation to my studies.


Anna Caudwell

Accounting, Economics
The business degree at Waikato involves so much group work which helps you learn how to work with others to achieve a common goal, rather than competing against others – I think this aligns really well with working in the real world.


Nitika Bothra

Becoming a data analyst was Nitika’s number one goal when she left India to study a master's in business at Waikato University. Her hard work has paid off. She now works as an asset data analyst for Watercare Services Ltd in Auckland.


Conor Gyde

Agribusiness, Biotechnology
I always knew that Waikato has fantastic opportunities for scholarships, and the beautiful campus was the icing on the cake.


Luke Dingle

Finance, Strategic Management
He’s a financial adviser by day, and a champion powerlifter by night. In his role as an associate at PlanWise in Mount Maunganui, Luke Dingle gives professional financial advice to clients about personal insurance and mortgages.


Ella Tappin

Accounting
Ella Tappin is well on track to fulfilling her ambition of becoming a chartered accountant since graduating as Waikato's top accounting student in 2013.


Briar Thompson

Public Relations, Spanish
All the way through I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve had from family, friends and the University of Waikato.


Greg Pearce

I did calculus and basic maths papers, critical thought, and physics. It was all about learning to learn again, including those all-important soft skills, such as listening, note-taking and writing.


Aleena Sutton

Accounting
Studying accounting provides you with many different options. It enables you to work in various branches of accounting and a wide range of industries. It’s also beneficial if you want to start up your own company or work in other areas of business.


Tayla Carson

Tayla Carson already has her first job lined up after finishing her Master of Business and Management. She’s moving to the South Island to work as a resource consent manager for Invercargill City Council.


Stevie Ward

Human Resource Management, Marketing
The presentation skills I gained at Waikato have helped me become more confident with presenting training to staff and conducting interviews.


Ellyse Bowen

Marketing, Public Relations
Ellyse Bowen started out as a marketing intern at the University of Waikato, and she jumped at the chance to work here full-time.


Kale Isaac

Economics, Law
The high calibre of academic programmes and lecturers was one of the primary reasons I chose to study here. Waikato is also very strong at promoting teamwork in a supportive environment.


Hayley Flett

Accounting
It was exactly what I was looking for. Being able to say that I’m the first in my family to have a master’s degree is also pretty awesome.


Marina Doretto

Marketing
I did some research and found out that Waikato Management School had partnerships with other good business schools in Brazil, and they also had Triple Crown accreditation, so I thought, why not?


Judit Dervadelin

Accounting
I wanted a shorter course, and Waikato was the only university in New Zealand offering an intensive 14-month masters in accounting.


Samaria Mason

Electronic Commerce, Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management
I know that I'll be able to use my business degree from Waikato to work anywhere in the world, and that I'll always be learning.


Emily Gallagher

Marketing, Public Relations
One minute I was learning how to write press releases in class, the next I was writing them in real life for the University!


Shilpi Sharma

Business adviser Shilpi Sharma says the Waikato MBM opened doors for her in the business world and equipped her to become a leader.


Nick Ross

Economics
While studying, I became interested in understanding the dynamics of business and the economy, and the more I learnt about it, the more I discovered how economics can be applied to so many facets of everyday life.


Nadine Parata

Balancing travelling the country for work, spending time with family, and studying has been a challenge, but nothing that is worth doing is going to be easy – and the MBA is definitely worth it.


Xiao Ying

Economics
I enjoyed studying with the joint institute and would love to go back to New Zealand one day. My advice for all current ZUCC students is just to enjoy the experience and make the most of all opportunities!


James Forster

Marketing, Public Relations
On game day I get to go behind the scenes and meet all these high-profile rugby stars, which is pretty cool.


Alex Kravchenko

Economics, International Management, Marketing
The technical and academic skills I learnt at Waikato I use every day. I first felt a bit humbled when I started [at the UN] as some interns came from Harvard, the London School of Economics, Oxford, but I was happy to realise that the education I received put me on an equal footing with them in terms of my ability to perform.


Mark Wilson

High-flying BMS alumnus Mark Wilson is CEO of Aviva, the UK"s largest insurance company, with 34 million customers worldwide.


Jamie Carson

Strategic Management
Studying Strategic Management at Waikato has given me an excellent set of tools to help navigate the uncertainties of new business.


Louise Upston

From her polished public image, one would never guess that National MP, Louise Upston had a rough start to her tertiary education


Abbey Hilson

Marketing, Public Relations
Creating a real-life public relations campaign in third year was 100% the highlight of my BCS degree. We learnt how to deal with people, clients, deadlines, stress and all the things that come with working in the real world. It was a great stepping stone.


Dannie Jefferies

We don’t know what technological advancements are around the corner, but Waikato’s Master of Digital Business means you can be right on the edge of development. The MDigiBus has given me confidence around digital strategy and problem solving. The recognition and support I've received from the lecturers has just been phenomenal.


Gina Millar

Digital Business
[The Master of Digital Business is] a huge advantage in the job market, because I'll be more qualified than most other people applying for the same positions.


Anton Steiner

A senior associate from Deloitte advised me that if I was really interested in consulting work, then I should consider additional study. Digital technology is transforming all aspects of business, so graduates who have skills in e-commerce are really valuable.


Clare Swallow

Clare Swallow is passionate about seeing the next generation of women enter the exhilarating industry of digital technology. She is general manager of digital at Cucumber, a digital marketing agency in Tauranga.


Paul Bowker

The driving force behind Tauranga’s first tower block and a string of other successful developments, Paul Bowker has experience, vision and determination in bucketfuls.


Lucas de Jong

Public Relations
With BBC World News, you're working on the biggest stories in the world. So I bounce around a bit, producing stories, editing, doing voice-overs, even overnight reporting. I really love being out in the field, seeing stories unfold in front of me.


Nick Kemp

With a passion for learning new things and seeking out ways to advance his career, Nick Kemp chose to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Management - part one of the MBA - at Waikato Management School.


Richard Kinzett

Richard Kinzett wanted to understand more about corporate management and leadership when he decided to enrol fro the Waikato MBA. Now he's working as an independent management consultant in Brisbane, Australia.


Matthew Osborne

Economics, Finance
When he’s not focused on the financial markets, Matthew Osborne is enjoying the waves on Sydney’s northern beaches. The BMS(Hons) graduate works for the financial markets team at Westpac Institutional Bank, where his expertise in in foreign exchange (FX) derivatives.


Jan Adams

Jan Adams is chief operating officer of Health Waikato, the provider arm of the Waikato District Health Board.


Waylon Kenning

I thought about doing an MBA, but I really wanted a programme focused on how business and IT relate to each other, and the MDigiBus really fits the bill in that respect.


Genevieve Pye

Finance, Strategic Management
Genevieve Pye landed an exciting internship at Waikato Rugby Union and says the Bachelor of Management Studies degree has given her a fantastic springboard for her future career.


Sharma McIntyre

Finance, Strategic Management
Variety is the spice of life for Waikato Management School graduate Sharma McIntyre, who is employed as a strategy manager at Spark New Zealand in Auckland.


Rebecca Foote

Public Relations, Strategic Management
Rebecca Foote absolutely loves her job as a communications advisor for SKYCITY Entertainment Group in Auckland. “It’s a really varied, cool role. My role is on the promotion and internal communication side of things; to protect and promote SKYCITY’s brand to media, council, government and other key stakeholders," says Rebecca.


Bradley Sam

Economics, Finance, Law
“My exchange was one of the best parts of my university life. It’s been a positive discussion point in job interviews and has definitely helped me get to where I am today.”


Kym Hambly

Human Resource Management, Marketing
Human Resources hadn’t really crossed Kym Hambly's mind as a potential career option until she took a paper on organisational behaviour in the second year of her Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree.


Saul Wells-Lakeland

Saul Wells-Lakeland decided he wanted to work in the corporate work after finishing his social sciences degree – and the Master of Business and Management proved to be his ticket to success. Mid-way through the course, Saul secured himself a graduate sales and marketing role at a global health company in Auckland.


Kendl Hambly

Marketing, Strategic Management
Seeing ideas go from concept development to reality has been rewarding for Kendl Hambly, a marketing specialist who graduated from Waikato with a BMS(Hons). During her time at uni her team won the WMS Case Competition 2012 for Good George brewery.


Libby Baron

Public Relations
Libby Baron is loving the opportunities and lifestyle in Queenstown since she graduated from a BCS degree at Waikato, majoring in public relations.


Lee Reichardt

Electronic Business
While studying towards a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce at Waikato, Lee Reichardt started his own web design agency, Rocketspark.co.nz.


Luke Coxhead

Marketing, Strategic Management
Walking in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary on a trek through the Himalayas is just one of the many incredible memories that Luke Coxhead will treasure from his time at Waikato University.


Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper has been an All Black and is currently a CEO with a six million dollar budget, but he decided he needed to get some formal qualifications next to his name.


Hana Grant

Finance
Hana Grant (Ngati Pikiao and Tapuika) graduated with an MBA in 2010. A highlight from her study was the 10-day study tour to China and Singapore.


Nita Harding

Nita Harding didn’t set out to get an MBA – a promotion to a business manager role led the veterinary scientist to look for ways to help her do her job better.


Hannah Dinh

Finance
Since completing a Master of Management Studies in Finance with first class honours, Hannah Dinh is now employed as an operations analyst for Microsoft in Singapore.


Keerthana Suresh

“Studying the MBM was a fantastic experience,” says MBM graduate Keerthana Suresh, who is now living in Wellington, New Zealand. “As an international student, I felt at home and protected at Waikato Management School.”


Grant Anderson

Taupo man Grant Anderson was looking for further career advancement, and a way of formalising the value of his decades of experience as a Chartered Accountant and director, when he signed up for the Waikato MBA.


Nicola Daisley

Nicola Daisley says her four-year journey to gain the Waikato MBA was extremely rewarding and helped her achieve what she set out to do.


Lucia (Yin) Liu

Lucia Liu is riding high on life since completing her Master of Business and Management at Waikato. Originally from China, she is thrilled to have found a job at Comvita, a health and beauty products exporter based in the Bay of Plenty.


Mark Hosking

Having spent the past 12 years working as a veterinarian in the dairy industry, finding a university with strong links to the agricultural sector, and an MBA with a grounded approach to practical business, was the key to helping Mark advance his career.


Heather Johnston

Management
The environment within which health and safety operates is rapidly changing, and is now recognised as a key business tool, says Heather Johnston. This prompted her decision to study for the PGDipMgtSt at Waikato to broaden her general management skills.


Ebony de Thierry

Marketing
Master of Management Studies graduate Ebony de Thierry says "digital marketing is massive at the moment", and she's enjoying her new career as a digital marketing manager in London.


Rashmi Singh

Originally from India with a degree in engineering, Rashmi Singh was looking for a comprehensive one-year management course to help her grow into a future business leader. Waikato had the strong reputation and Triple Crown accreditation she needed.


Rachel Leinhardt

Hospitality Management, Tourism Management
Rachel Leinhardt has a great passion for the tourism industry, having been immersed in it from a young age.


Raewyn Mahara

With over 20 years’ experience in the education sector, Raewyn Mahara decided to take the next step in her professional development by joining the MBA programme at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.


Razel Blaza

With a biology degree under her belt, Razel Blaza felt it was time to ditch the white lab coat and work more closely with people. The Waikato MBM degree enabled her to launch a new career in the world of business and marketing in only one year.


Ruan Nunes

Economics, Human Resource Management
Ruan Nunes loves being able to work outdoors all summer as the manager of several kiwifruit orchards. He says his Bachelor of Management Studies degree from Waikato gave him the confidence to believe in himself and the decisions he makes.


Ruth Venter

Accounting
While studying accounting, Ruth Venter realised that what she really cared about was sustainability. She ended up doing a masters thesis on carbon reporting by not-for-profit organisations, and now works as an environmental sustainability consultant.


Ryan Clark

Finance
When contemplating which degree to take at uni after high school, Waikato Management School’s solid international reputation was what really stood out for Ryan Clark.


Samuel Mackenzie

My MBM study helped me every step of the way; I haven't looked back.


Sean McKenna

Finance
If you dream big, Waikato can open up any door and provide you with a solid foundation to achieve on both the national and international stage.


Tahl Lawrence

With a background in civil engineering, Tahl Lawrence signed up for the Waikato MBA to broaden his outlook and extend his professional skillset. ""It gives you the tools to make some great choices in your career,"" he says.


Thomas Macdonald

Agribusiness, Finance
Having grown up on a dairy farm in Gordonton, Thomas Macdonald has always been passionate about farming. He says it was a huge advantage for him to study agribusiness at Waikato University.


Daniel Stevenson

Finance, Strategic Management
When Daniel Stevenson finished his Bachelor of Management Studies degree in 2010, he headed straight to Sydney to work for Deutsche Bank.


Anne Blakeway

Studying for an MBA had been on Anne Blakeway’s bucket list for more than a decade, and the programme at Waikato Management School “more than delivered” on her expectations, she says.


Andrew Mumford

Andrew Mumford is the manager of marketing operations at Fisher & Paykel Heathcare. He says Waikato's MBA gave him a new repertoire of resources to call on and inspired passion for seeking new ways to solve problems.


Akiv Rohekar

Hailing from Pune, the educational capital of India, Akiv had a clear picture in mind about where he wanted to study for his masters degree - Waikato Management School.


Brad Sherman

Accounting
Brad Sherman has been a gardener, a cook in a takeaway bar, exercised dogs for a pet motel, ushered at Chiefs rugby games, and tutored university students. Thanks to his BBA degree at Waikato, he's now employed as a consultant for Deloitte New Zealand.


Bjarne Frederiksen

Applied Computing, Electronic Business
Bjarne gained hands-on experience at Digital Stream, a multi-media development company in Hamilton, while still completing his electronic commerce degree at Waikato.


Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson has landed his dream job as a project coordinator for Fletcher Building in Auckland, and he credits Waikato's MBM degree for getting him there.


Ipu Hapi

Ipu Hapi likens the Waikato MBA he is working so hard to achieve to a sacred taonga, like the All Blacks jersey. “It is a symbol of excellence, hard work, and shows that with effort and sacrifice I can become all that I want to be.”


Deep Rastogi

Deep’s love of travelling and meeting people from different cultures made him a prime candidate to study for his masters, as an international participant.


Grant Kedian

Since 2005, Grant Kedian has worked at Tradestaff, one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment companies.


Angus Macdonald

Economics, Supply Chain Management
Angus Macdonald will be saying adiós to New Zealand and 'hola' to Mexico early next year.


Hayden Johnston

Finance
Throughout my career so far I have found myself applying the skills I learned in BBA papers such as international corporate finance, portfolios and markets, and economics, law and policy.


Michael Sparrow

After completing the Master of Business and Management (MBM) at Waikato University, Michael has now found his dream job as a business analyst for Air New Zealand.


Courtney Stayte

Public Relations
Regular business trips to Melbourne, holding the Melbourne Cup Trophy and sampling food created by top celebrity chefs are just a few perks of the job for Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate Courtney Stayte.


Nick Robertson

Economics
I enjoyed studying Economics at high school, so after taking ECON100, Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy, I was certain this was what I wanted to major in. It gave me the confidence and skills to deal with large amounts of data and to deliver insights through the analysis of numbers.


Matt Kenrick

Electronic Business, Marketing
My degree...put me one step ahead of the competition, as it enabled me to develop contacts in the industry much earlier than some of my peers.


Linzi Gao

Accounting
Linzi Gao is an international student from Sichuan, China who is motivated to build a successful career for herself as a Chartered Accountant and start a new life in New Zealand.


Jarrod Saxton

Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management
Jarrod Saxton is a self-confessed “daredevil in business” who gets a thrill out of running his own start-up company, Kita, which uses innovative technologies to improve the sport of rowing.


Leeann Morgan

Agribusiness
I can’t speak highly enough of my lecturers; they were fantastic. Waikato was the most amazing agribusiness programme to be associated with.


Tim Doyle

Accounting, Management
The whole student experience at Waikato was awesome; it creates a huge network after completing university too.


Dillon Williams

Marketing, Strategic Management
I’d heard that Waikato was the best place to be. Marketing grabbed my interest and it just developed from there.