Grant Kedian

Bay of Plenty Area Manager, Tradestaff

Key Info

  • Master of Business Administration

Since 2005, Grant Kedian has worked at Tradestaff, one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned recruitment companies. He began as a recruitment consultant and in just three years, had risen to become the BOP Area Manager.

It was this swift climb into a managerial position that made Grant realise that a postgraduate qualification would be pivotal in aiding and furthering his career. Grant enrolled in Part One of the Waikato Master of Business Administration in Tauranga - the Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies - and has no regrets.

“It was an absolute eye opener and allowed me to significantly develop my leadership abilities and my general business acumen.”

Above all, one of the aspects of the programme that Grant found most useful was the ability to apply classroom theory to real-life business situations. “Many of the assignments ask you to draw from real life situations, and the programme literally becomes an extension of your working environment; allowing you to succeed in both arenas. This programme far exceeded my expectations and taught me aspects of business that many managers and leaders would perhaps not consider.”

As well as completing his PGDip(MgtSt), Grant has now also completed Part Two of the MBA through Waikato. Grant believes that without having come through both programmes, setting goals like becoming the CEO or general manager of a large organisation could have been out of reach for him. However Grant says, given what he has learned from his post-graduate education, these types of goals are totally achievable!

"The MBA has far exceeded my expectations and taught me aspects of business that many managers and leaders would perhaps not consider. I wholeheartedly recommend anyone looking to grow their ability and further their career; jump head first into this programme!"

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