Work­ing closely with the world

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Ris­ing to the chal­lenge of co­or­di­nat­ing an in­ter­na­tional team of stu­dents has won a Vic­to­ria Univer­sity stu­dent the top award in a global busi­ness com­pe­ti­tion.

Vic­to­ria Univer­sity busi­ness stu­dent Jake McIn­teer, of Whitby, was pre­sented with the Global En­ter­prise Ex­pe­ri­ence ANZ Cham­pion Team Award at Par­lia­ment.

Mr McIn­teer headed a team of seven that he had never met and they came up with a scheme where a stu­dent from the de­vel­oped world would spon­sor and en­tre­pre­neur from a vil­lage in the de­vel­op­ing world.

The team in­cluded peo­ple from Bangladesh, Nige­ria, Nepal, Colom­bia, Rwanda and two French women who were study­ing in Scot­land.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely a chal­lenge,’’ Mr McIn­teer said.

‘‘You’ve got the small things like time zones and then you’ve got the harder things like com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ev­ery­body com­mu­ni­cat­ing in dif­fer­ent ways,’’ he said.

‘‘There was con­flict – ev­ery­body worked and thought in dif­fer­ent ways.

‘‘Some peo­ple work right up to the dead­line – pro­cras­ti­nate and then, bang, work re­ally hard. That’s the type of per­son they are.

‘‘The oth­ers in the team would get go­ing early on and fin­ish it.

‘‘It took us about 12 days to come up with the ideas and se­lect what we were go­ing to go with,’’ Mr McIn­teer said.

From there jobs were al­lo­cated to the team in pairs and they each car­ried out their own tasks sep­a­rately.

‘‘It was a re­ally cool ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he said. ‘‘It was dif­fer­ent to any­thing else I’ve ever done at univer­sity.’’

Mi­cro fi­nanc­ing en­trepreneurs was not some­thing Mr McIn­teer planned to do in his work­ing life.

‘‘It’s not re­ally where I’m driven. I like com­put­ers and that kind of stuff but if the op­por­tu­nity arises I would be more than happy to do it be­cause it’s some­thing that can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence.’’

When Mr McIn­teer grad­u­ates this year, he plans to take up a job of­fer from IBM in Welling­ton, as a grad­u­ate con­sul­tant.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

Global leader: Busi­ness stu­dent Jake McIn­teer led an in­ter­na­tional team de­vel­op­ing a mi­cro-fi­nanc­ing model for en­trepreneurs in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

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