Bachelor of Management Studies (Human Resource Management)
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 management degree at Waikato.
“I enjoyed it so much that I decided to continue studying HR. I’ve always been business-minded, but I seemed to identify more with creative subjects,” says Kym, who is now a human resources advisor at WorkSafe New Zealand.
She started out as an assistant advisor at Worksafe New Zealand, and was promoted to general HR advisor after 18 months.
“Now I have my own portfolio and I’m working on some really interesting HR projects. I get involved in collective negotiations, conducting job evaluations, advising on remuneration, assisting with performance management, as well as restructuring and change management.”
Originally from Hastings, Kym says she absolutely loved the practical elements of her management degree.
“A real highlight for me was the business case competition in third year, where we were given the challenge of creating a growth strategy for Good George Brewery. It was a big learning curve, but so much fun!”
Kym’s team ended up winning the whole competition, thanks to their innovative idea of targeting female consumers with a craft beer-flavoured ice-cream. They walked away with a $2,000 prize from event sponsor PWC.
In her fourth year, she did a 15-week internship at Thrill Capital, a New Zealand/UK company based in Hamilton that helps talented sports stars obtain funding from fans.
“I gained invaluable experience by working with people out in the workforce. It also helped me to build networks and prepared me for the real world of work," says Kym.
“It’s hard to find a job without that practical base. Employers expect you to have some sort of experience even when you’re applying for an entry-level role, so my advice is to get an internship or part-time job within the industry you want to pursue before finishing university, as this will help you to land your dream job.”