We are glad to share another s success story with you. Vishi DHARMARAJAN completed NZIE’s Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Business in March 2019 and have some great feedback and advice for students looking to study at NZIE. We had a catch up for an interview so you can read what Vishi had to say.
First of all, tell us about your background before coming to New Zealand.
I am a professional accountant with a decade of experience: I have worked in various places in India and Middle East. My basic qualification was completion of a Bachelor of Commerce in India. I have further completed Cost and Management Accountant in India and the UK, and Certified Public Accountant from the California Board of Accountancy US.
Why did you choose to Study Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Business Level 8 at NZIE?
To improve my leadership and management skills and to have in-depth understanding of New Zealand business and workforce.
How did you find studying at NZIE?
NZIE provided neat and tidy classrooms for studying and access to students from 8AM to 8PM. Free coffee/tea facility at the cafeteria and a lot of banner information about NZIE rules and regulations, class information, students corner etc, in the cafeteria for the students attention.
Can you explain how was your internship and research project?
I did my internship as part of NZIE’s Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Business which was arranged by NZIE. Student Services supported me in forwarding my resume to the organisation and in fixing an appointment for interview. After successful completion of the interview, Share NZ accepted me for an internship and to undertake the research project. On discussion with the company related to academic research project requirement, SHARE NZ who deals with Insurance, Investment, Mortgages asked me to research the topic “Anticipated future interaction from customers in a service agreement.”
SHARE wanted to improve its understanding of its customers’ expectations, to improve its services/products with the goal of increasing sales/revenue. With the agreement of my research supervisor I accepted to start my research around anticipated future interaction from the customers of SHARE in a service relationship.
I collected 72 online survey responses from customers of SHARE to proceed with my quantitative research.
What were the main issues you found and what solutions did you present to the company?
SHARE wanted have customer feedback on its firm’s reputation, service provider expertise and satisfaction derived from previous interactions.
Can you please talk about the internship and research project can help students you interact with NZ business and develop a career in New Zealand?
You will spend 10 weeks with your host organisation doing an internship and that’s a great value to your career NZ. You should also be able to provide value back to that organisation. You also learn a lot of soft business skills in the New Zealand professional environment. The idea to send us to an internship in a NZ company is that so we can finish ready to work in the NZ business environment.
What are you doing now and what’s the plan for your future in New Zealand?
I’m now studying NZ taxation system on the way to become a charted accountant so I can progress with my career in New Zealand in the finance area.
When you first started your studies at NZIE, what challenges did you face and how did you deal with them?
Initially, as the education system is different it took a while to get used to the NZ academic standards such as APA referencing, etc, but I always like to think ahead so once I knew what I had to know I studied, researched, dedicated time and energy to understand everything I needed to know.
What’s the best advice for someone looking to study in New Zealand?
Be prepared to accept the change. You should be ready to be outside of your comfort zone. You need to match your skills with Level 8 expectations which is pretty high. All the assessments and content that you will have to study are challenging. Take a small step everyday so you never stop. Every day brings a lot of new information so you need to have a mind fully focused on that. It’s a full-time programme and each paper has its own content and number of rules that you need to know. If you don’t dedicate a certain number of hours to that paper you won’t get the results you need.
One great thing about NZIE is that all tutors are very welcoming and all questions you have to them they will guide you to find your way. Tutors won’t do the work for you, but they will guide you in how you should get the word done for yourself. If you accept the change you can reach your best. NZIE is putting 100% of work to guide you and if you also do your 100%
Thanks Vishi for your feedback and helping future students that are looking to study Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Business at NZIE.
We wish you all the best for your future and our doors are always open.