Uni student shadows CEO
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.