Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (Economics, Finance, Law)
Waikato Management School
Bradley Sam completed a double degree in management and law with first class honours at Waikato University in 2013, majoring in Economics, Finance and Law.
He is now employed as a management consultant at LEK Consulting in Sydney, Australia.
Prior to that he was a solicitor for DLA Phillips Fox in Auckland, advising clients on legal issues such as mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, corporate governance, construction and infrastructure, as well as consumer and competition law.
While at university, Bradley completed a 496 management internship paper that saw him working as an analyst at JBWere, an investment firm in Auckland, where he was involved in modelling and analysing bond portfolios. The following summer, he completed a finance internship at the Bank of New Zealand in Wellington, where he was introduced to selling and trading foreign exchange, interest rate swaps and bonds.
Both of these experiences helped Bradley to stand out from other graduates at recruitment time.
A second generation Chinese-New Zealander, Bradley also opted to go on an international student exchange to The Chinese University of Hong Kong during his degree.
He wanted to get in touch with his Chinese heritage and experience living in “a big city that never sleeps”, and describes the exchange as “an eye-opening and enlightening experience”.
“My exchange was one of the best parts of my university life,” says Bradley. “It’s been a positive discussion point in 90% of my job interviews and has definitely helped me get to where I am today.”
He advises other students that while it’s important to get good grades, it’s equally important to take part in extra-curricular activities that will highlight your unique strengths to employers.
Bradley became actively involved with the Asian community in New Zealand, which opened doors to professional connections around the world. He was then selected to attend the Dragon 100 Young Chinese Leaders Forum in Hong Kong in 2014; and travelled to the United States for the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations.