Uni stu­dent shad­ows CEO

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A day shad­ow­ing a chief ex­ec­u­tive changed the way Massey Univer­sity busi­ness stu­dent Mad­die McClean views the cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment.

In her fi­nal se­mes­ter of study in the Bach­e­lor of Re­tail and Busi­ness Man­age­ment course, the former City Im­pact Church School stu­dent topped the Fun­da­men­tals of Re­tail­ing pa­per and re­ceived The Ware­house Group-spon­sored Stephen Small Aca­demic Achieve­ment Award.

The award came with a mone­tary con­tri­bu­tion to­wards study or re­search, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to shadow one of The Ware­house Group’s ex­ec­u­tive team for a day.

McClean said the day she spent with The Ware­house and Ware­house Sta­tionery chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­j­man Okho­vat re­ally broad­ened her re­tail hori­zons.

‘‘The ex­pe­ri­ence got me think­ing, ‘Why not try out a ca­reer in the sup­port side of re­tail?’ That wasn’t some­thing I’d prop­erly con­sid­ered be­fore due to my as­sump­tions about the cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment,’’ McClean said.

‘‘It wasn’t the poker-faced cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment I ex­pected.

‘‘I re­alised op­er­at­ing suc­cess­fully in that en­vi­ron­ment and be­ing a down-to-earth hu­man don’t have to be mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.’’

McClean is now con­sid­er­ing a range of ca­reer op­tions, in­clud­ing buying, plan­ning, cat­e­gory man­age­ment and mer­chan­dis­ing.

Massey Univer­sity busi­ness stu­dent Mad­die McClean and The Ware­house and Ware­house Sta­tionery chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­j­man Okho­vat.

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