Bachelor of Management Studies (Marketing, Strategic Management)
Waikato Management School
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.
On completing his Bachelor of Management Studies degree with first class honours in 2014, Luke took up a graduate role as a business advisory consultant at EY in Auckland. Recently he's been promoted to senior consultant at EY.
His job involves working closely with clients to understand their business processes and evaluating the future environment to mitigate potential risks.
“To be involved with such a large organisation like EY and see how it works on different levels has been great,” says Luke, who hopes to work overseas at some point in the future.
A talented hockey player, the ex-Tauranga lad began his studies at Waikato in 2010, when he was offered a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship in recognition of his sporting success playing in the National Hockey League.
Luke was also part of the talented Waikato university team that came runners-up in the National Business Case Competition in 2013, while his 496 management internship gave him the chance to work at Calder & Lawson travel agency for five months.
In 2014, Luke received a Step Higher Award, presenting him with an amazing opportunity to travel to Nepal to see some of the community projects started there by Sir Ed to provide health and education for the local people.
Luke says the trip to Nepal was the perfect way to finish off his studies and is something he’ll never forget.
“As a Hillary Scholar, my values are modelled by Sir Ed’s constant belief in challenging your own limits and trying to make a positive difference in the world.”