Waylon Kenning - Product architect in Wellington
Current student of Master of Digital Business (Professional)
Bachelor of Electronic Commerce, 2008
I wanted a programme focused on how business and IT relate to each other, and the MDigiBus really fit the bill in that respect.
Originally from Taumarunui, Waylon Kenning likes to create "digital experiences that delight customers; by defending their interests and marrying them to technology".
Now half-way through completing his MDigiBus degree online, he works full-time as a product architect at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, a global IT firm in Wellington, where he overseas a team of developers, UX designers and analysts.
Waylon's team are creating a new mobile app that will help police officers around the world do their jobs more easily by reducing paperwork and putting critical information at their fingertips - so they can spend more time investigating crimes.
After graduating from Waikato's Bachelor of Electronic Commerce in 2008, Waylon quickly found work as a business analyst. Last year he decided he wanted to "beef up" his academic credentials and gain an internationally recognised master's degree in emerging digital and online technologies.
"I wanted a programme focused on how business and IT relate to each other, and the MDigiBus really fit the bill in that respect. I also liked the fact that the Professional stream was taught completely online, because most professionals can’t quit their jobs for an entire year."
Waylon's favourite paper was 'MCOM502 - Managing Virtual Teams', as it helped him understand how to communicate better with his work colleagues at Hexagon; some of whom are based in India and the United States.
For the professional internship paper, MSYS519, Waylon spent 10 weeks working on a variety of small research projects for Contact Energy.
"The internship is designed to kick-start your career in e-commerce and help solidify your knowledge base, which is great for people who are new to this field."
Gina Millar - Student and tutor at the University of Waikato
Current student of Master of Digital Business (Research)
Bachelor of Electronic Commerce, 2015
Having an MDigiBus will give me a huge advantage in the job market, because I'll be more qualified than most other people applying for the same positions.
Student Gina Millar feels confident that when she finishes her Master of Digital Business, it will give her "a huge advantage in the job market, because I'll be more qualified than most other people applying for the same positions".
Gina's dream is to travel overseas and work in cities such as Melbourne or London, where there is strong demand for e-commerce graduates.
"I'd like to get involved in project management and consulting. So while I'm studying I'm also looking into several internationally recognised project management accreditation courses, such as PRINCE2."
After finishing her Bachelor of Electronic Commerce at Waikato last year, Gina was looking for a specialist master's degree that would equip her with the rigorous research skills needed to prepare for doctoral study later in her career.
The research stream of the MDigiBus ticked all the right boxes, and she's looking forward to the challenge of investigating a topic of her own choice. "I'm really interested in the online gaming industry, there's a lot of potential for innovation around smart technologies."
Gina is also enjoying her part-time job as a university tutor of three e-commerce papers; MSYS121, MSYS111 and MSYS221.
"Honestly, it's the best thing; I get so much out of it; it's not really a job!" she says. "I find it really inspiring sharing what I know with younger students and making it relevant to them. It forces me to keep learning about e-commerce as well, because you get asked lots of questions and have to know what you're talking about."
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