Study related questions
What did you study?
I studied a Bachelor of Business and Information Management (majoring in Marketing and Information Management) and went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Information Systems. I completed both degrees at the University of Auckland.
Why did you choose this course?
I chose this course because I wanted to learn how organisations work and how Information Technology/Information Systems can help organisations achieve their core objectives.
What did you enjoy about your course?
I loved my course as it was highly engaging with very small class numbers (100 people in the degree). Also, the degree was highly practical with many opportunities to test skills learnt through practical assignments and group projects.
What helped you to successfully complete your course?
In all honesty, University was work hard and required dedication. In saying that, success came through working with peers and learning different ways of looking at problems to identify unique solutions. It was not all about the late nights, rather grabbing the opportunities that came my way to make a name for myself that brought me success.
What advice do you have for future students?
The ultimate advice would be to choose a degree or a course that defines you. It can be easy to pick what your friends are doing or something that will guarantee you a good income. My advice would be to find out what you are passionate about and pursue that at University.
Occupation related questions
Describe your job
I currently work as an Analyst within the Technology Advisory team within Deloitte Consulting.
My job involves working as part of various IT-related projects in New Zealand. I help Deloitte’s clients leverage better technologies, systems and processes to improve the way they operate on a day to day basis. Our ultimate goal is to make a difference.
What do you do on an average day?
An average day for me can be varied due to the nature of the job. I may be in the office at times doing small jobs for the partners or helping out on a proposal to win a new project. In most cases, I would be at the client site working alongside them on a project.
What is the most exciting about your job?
The most exciting aspect of my job is the constant new experiences I get to have. Each project I do is quite unique which offers me opportunities to continually learn and develop myself as an individual and as a professional.
What opportunities does your job offer?
My job offers me the opportunity to be a part of different projects across various industries and sectors in New Zealand. There are also opportunities to travel (based on availability and experience) where you are based out of your home city to be part of a project.
What skills, training, education or past experiences helped you secure your job?
Three key things were important:
Where do you see yourself heading in the future within this industry?
In the near future, I see myself starting to specialise in a certain area of IT. I want to really involve myself in a particular area and develop my skills and expertise within it. This will allow me to become somewhat of an “Expert” or a go to person whenever such projects arise.
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to work in the professional services industry?
My advice would be for you to place a strong emphasis on your academics as well as pursue your activities/passions outside of academics. This provides you with a strong balance in life and one that is valued in this industry.