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The business administration and computing course has proved its worth for Desiree, who since graduation has quickly progressed through to a store manager position with Dick Smith in Takapuna.
“My NorthTec studies have played a huge part towards me getting my foot in the door. The knowledge I gained, as well as the qualification, really helped me move up the management ladder as quickly as I have.”
On finishing the NorthTec course in 2013, Desiree’s dream job was to become CEO of a retail franchise, and it seems she is now well on her way. From NorthTec she went into a part-time sales job with Dick Smith, Waipapa, and began a retail apprenticeship with the company.
“I became a key-holder in the Waipapa store, meaning I could open and close the store alone, and was then promoted to a sales manager. A couple of months later I moved to Auckland, as I was placed into the store manager training programme, and I am now a store manager.”
“I currently run Dick Smith, Takapuna. However this is not the end for me. I plan on taking more and more steps until I have reached the top. The next step I wish to take will be to become a regional manager.”
Already I am gaining confidence. In our assignments we had to find and interview someone in the business world and I...
“I studied Tourism at high school, gaining a certificate in Tourism Core Skills and it introduced me to the world of travel. I now want to get into the business side of tourism.”
“I’m starting with business training to get some skills then will go onto the tourism course they have here. I have learned document formats and layouts that I can also apply outside the course in general life, and I’m meeting a whole range of people. Our class mates are all ages and backgrounds and come from a range of countries “.
“Already I am gaining confidence. In our assignments we had to find and interview someone in the business world and I’m learning how to interact with people on the phone professionally. Last semester I did a presentation on a topic of my choice in front of the whole class, which I would usually try to avoid. I surprised myself by doing well.”