Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (Finance, Strategic Management)
Waikato Management School
“I applied for Bryant Hall as a bit of a laugh between my mother and me, because she lived in Bryant when she went to the uni,” says Genevieve Pye, who went to school at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt.
She was accepted to the halls of residence, and then discovered Waikato Management School’s outstanding reputation, range of courses, and the big opportunity to really leave home, experience the halls, and experience another city. So Genevieve made the move all the way up from the bottom of the North Island.
Genevieve is studying a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) majoring in Strategic Management and Finance. Now in her fourth and final year, Genevieve initially thought the BMS degree to be the right fit for her because she loves the organisational and structured side of business, and she is one of those lucky people who love numbers.
"The four-year BMS is a fantastic foundation for your career and with the chance of gaining an internship in your fourth year," she says. She proved herself early by scoring an internship with the Waikato Rugby Union, which have helped to cement her path into the business world.
She first found the internship advertised on the Waikato Management School Students’ Association (WMSSA) Facebook page; a note to all students to keep social media channels in mind when looking for work experience and job opportunities.
Genevieve worked alongside the commercial manager at Waikato Rugby Union, which developed her skills in the personal communication side of management. She was able to observe how important work relationships and networking are to business. “It helped me improve my public speaking and allowed me to look at the commercial aspects of a large organisation.”
Genevieve got to work in the corporate lounges on game day during the NPC rugby season where she worked hard to keep everyone happy. A lot of event management was involved in this position with seating plans and function set up. She also says a highlight was meeting amazing players at some of the functions like Colin Meads and Liam Messam.
WRU's commercial manager explained to Genevieve how the business works and she was able to view sponsorship contracts, and understand the important parts of dealing with business and people’s passions and interests.
She says the best part of her internship was the "human interaction aspect". She had the opportunity to spend a lot of time interacting with ranges of different people which is her greatest take away from the whole experience.
Of course, travel, work overseas, and working her way to the top of a big company is on the mind of Genevieve, as it is for many other budding students and graduates. But her main goal is to gain employment in a large organisation that offers the support that all young professionals would like when they leave university; a grad role with one of the big four accounting firms would be fantastic, and she hopes to complete her Chartered Accountancy.
“Although Waikato is smaller than the other universities In New Zealand it gives students a better chance to utilise the opportunities available to them especially the Management School, they allow students to get as involved as they would like to and make use of the relationships that the uni has within the community,” says Genevieve.