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Profiles of our graduates

Anton Baker

Master of Business and Management with Distinction, 2015

Anton BakerAnton Baker beat off 140 other applicants to be selected last year for one of two graduate positions at Zespri, the global kiwifruit export giant based in Tauranga.

Zespri was looking for some of the country’s brightest university graduates and future leaders to help them triple the company’s export earnings by 2025.

Besides his obvious drive to succeed, the former customer service rep from Taumarunui believes his Master of Business and Management (MBM) degree from Waikato is what made him stand out as a candidate.

Anton says he chose the MBM because it provides an extremely broad, in-depth understanding of management across 16 papers.

He particularly enjoyed applying theories to real-life case studies, meeting classmates from different countries, and learning from lecturers whose skills are in demand as industry consultants.

Through group work, Anton has developed his skills in leadership, management, delegation and professional ethics, "as well as my ability to break down tasks and approach challenges from a strategic perspective".

In January this year, Anton began an 18-month graduate training programme with Zespri, which started with kiwifruit picking and packaging in orchards and post-harvest facilities. He is now working in Zespri's head office in Mt Maunganui, and will travel to China and Europe later this year to broaden his understanding of the company’s international operations.

On his return home to Tauranga, he will be assigned an area of the company to work in, with a senior executive who knows the business inside-out acting as his mentor.

Anton reminds other students that with any job, it's often more important how well your personality matches the organisation's culture, so "seek out the job that fits with who you are as a person."


Deep Rastogi

Master of Business and Management

Deep's love of travelling and meeting people from different cultures made him a prime candidate to study for his Master of Business and Management (MBM) degree as an international participant.

Deep chose to study in New Zealand because of its friendly and peaceful people, and the nurturing study environment. On an academic level, Waikato Management School was his first choice, as it is one of New Zealand's top research-based business schools, and enjoys the global prestige of Triple Crown accreditation for quality of teaching.

Deep was confident he would get a world-class education here - and he feels that's exactly what he got!

In recognition of his high grades in part one of the MBM programme, Deep won the MBM Living Allowance Scholarship for international students, worth $10,000. This scholarship meant more to Deep than just financial support, as it was awarded to him by a selection committee comprised of lauded academics and professionals.

Deep also believes the quality of Waikato Management School's MBM comes from its dedicated professors, and the courses they have constructed. Deep describes his professors as going 'above and beyond' what he expected to assist international students.

A highlight of the MBM that Deep valued the most was the 'Excellence in Practice' series of seminars presented by top corporate leaders in New Zealand, such as the CEO of Vodafone New Zealand CEO.

These combined experiences have provided Deep with the management tools necessary to enter into the corporate world with confidence. By studying abroad, Deep has capitalised on the opportunity to network internationally, which will put him in good stead when he enters the professional job market. Completing his MBM has broadened Deep's vision of the corporate world, not only at an operational level, but a strategic one too. Deep says "I hope to utilise what I have learnt here at the Waikato Management School to secure a position at a global consultancy firm."


Razel Blaza

Master of Business and Management

Razel BlazaRazel Blaza has a science background, having worked for AgResearch, Medlab and Scion, but she wanted to take her career beyond the lab, so enrolled in a Waikato MBM.

"I wanted to do work that was more people-focused and involve myself in the commercial aspects of an organisation," says Razel. "I knew I'd have to do more study and the MBM fitted the bill. It allowed me to combine higher learning in the form of a masters and exposed me to a variety of management subjects in a short time."

Razel worked part time at Pathlab while she was studying. “The degree work was intensive, but the classes were small and it meant subjects were covered in depth. As a group the class became quite close and we encouraged each other during times of pressure – like when deadlines were approaching."

Razel found she was drawn to marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship, but she found organisational culture, economics and sustainability interesting too. “We had a lot of time for discussion and debate, not just with classmates with lecturers too, and that helped me get a firmer grasp on the lessons, and I became quite passionate about certain issues."

As her career changes direction, Razel would eventually like to become a marketing manager or director in a science or health organisation, or perhaps in the entertainment industry. Watch this space!

 


Eline Yan

Master of Business and Management

On her first day of study at Waikato, Eline was told she had to think and act like a business person. That set the tone for the next 15 months of study. “The programme met all my expectations. I chose Waikato’s MBM because of Waikato Management School’s good reputation and Hamilton is an easy city to live in – not too big, not to small, with easy access to Asian foodstores."

Eline came to New Zealand from Shanghai, where she’d been working for the multinational market research company Nielsen.

"Coming to Waikato has taught me a lot, most especially how to be a good leader – what responsibilities a leader should take, how to lead teams and lead in a crisis," says Eline. "As I move on, I feel these new-found skills will give me a critical advantage.”

All MBM students are required to do an action learning project - working on a real business situation. “Our group worked with the women’s health department of Waikato District Health Board. The experience was unique and I treasure it. It helped me understand the culture in New Zealand organisations, how people communicate with each other in the workplace and how they perform". 


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