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“I chose Massey University because of its fantastic reputation.”
I had been very interested in property since I was young. My mum was in real estate for many years and my family had a strong interest in property.
I had also heard that Massey University’s degree was a very practical course and I wanted to start ‘doing’ as soon as I could. I chose the Albany campus as I wanted to be located in the heart of the growth of property in New Zealand.
I wasn’t disappointed! We regularly visited construction sites, overseeing the construction of a building week by week as well as the inspection and valuations of various properties.
Massey also had smaller class sizes and a more personal feel. You were part of a community rather than just another student. It was easy to build a rapport with lecturers who I remain in touch with as well as a number of my fellow classmates.
I was awarded a Quotable Value scholarship while I was in my final year of study. I received financial support, was assigned a mentor and provided with a job placement when I graduated. This meant I began a career in valuation straight out of university. I initially worked at Darroch Valuations undertaking commercial, industrial, and public and private asset valuations. From there I moved into commercial property management and finally into property consultancy – including acquiring and/or disposing of property rights for central and local government and infrastructure providers, and undertaking iwi consultation.
Last year I started my own property consultancy business Piper Property Auckland Limited.
My background is in sales and marketing but seeking a career change I decided to pursue my passion for international business and the financial markets, leading me to Massey University.
I especially liked the flexibility of papers and the extracurricular groups that Massey has to offer, making campus life more fun and allowing me to make new friends quickly.
With the connections I made during my studies, I managed to obtain an internship and later a full-time role at the ecentre business incubator. I'm responsible for creating and fostering an environment of business growth aimed at entrepreneurs.
I do this by planning and managing workshops for entrepreneurial development and business execution and facilitating mentoring, coaching, training, and associated events.
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Last updated on Monday 10 April 2017