Eight students from Massey University’s Albany campus have proudly graduated with New Zealand’s first retail degree.
Anika Maikoo was one of the graduands who gathered at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre for their ceremony on Tuesday. She studied the Bachelor of Retail and Business Management extramurally while working for Applico and Placemakers.
“For me, it was really good because I could work and study,” Maikoo says.
Many retail businesses are changing fast, she says, noting that the course helped equip her for change. Her favourite aspect of it was business management: “It makes everything fit together perfectly.”
Following graduation, she’s interested on entering retail, but also hopes to one day own her own business.
Professor of retail management at Massey University Dr Jonathan Elms, who leads the course, says every graduate is already employed in the retail industry. These employers include Freedom Furniture, The Warehouse Group and Foodstuffs. One graduate has already launched their own business.
“We’ve got the biggies represented, but we’ve also got some entrepreneurial thinking going on, which is really great.”
The three main outcomes the course trains students for is: management roles within retail; running their own retail business; starting a retail career.
Asked for any defining characteristics of the class of 2018, Elms says they’re “ready and prepared for change”.