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Emma Johns

SP Emma JohnsThere is a whole industry screaming out for smart young people to become involved in Information Science according to someone who’s living the dream.

Choosing to study at Otago because of the opportunities as well as its reputation, Emma Johns believes a BCom in information Science gives student much scope and room to move. “It provides a head start, it’s something that separates you from other Commerce students, and it puts you ahead of other consultants who don’t have IT knowledge and specialist skills.”

It also helped Emma to secure a job as a Business Consultant at Deloitte, where she is constantly thrust into new roles with a variety of different client organisations. This has challenged her to learn fast, and work alongside people with different knowledge and skill sets.

A typical day could include anything from reviewing and analysing business processes, mapping data management, controlling risk, analysing systems and people’s performance or creating an information security framework.

Other cool projects include systems selection, master data management, selecting and implementing survey and online assessment tools, or developing policies and frameworks.
The best part for Emma is that it’s always different.

“I love getting up and going to work as every day provides an opportunity to learn something fresh, innovate, forge new working relationships, and work with a multitude of organisations anywhere in New Zealand.”

Emma’s job has already meant an overseas exchange, and the post-graduate university course she attended gave her the opportunity to see inside Singapore’s fascinating business world. “The hands-on experience and chance to work with students from a totally different culture and business understanding was incredible, and it’s all come from the grounding I got at Otago.”