But now he's employed by Mainfreight - New Zealand's largest nationwide logistics company - it was pretty much the perfect combination.
And it's not just that it's helpful to be able to read a map. Kyle's particular interest was in human geography and issues such as population distribution. Meanwhile, he describes marketing as being "fundamentally about strategic thinking". For a supply-chain logistics company wanting to expand strategically, this kind of awareness can be critical.
Kyle was recently recruited to the company through its graduate programme facilitated by Otago's careers office.
The scheme has already impressed Kyle as being "very well thought through".
"The first few months are spent working in every aspect of the business - on the depot floor, in customer service, doing loading and unloading. They really make sure you know how the business runs from the ground up, and that everyone in every role is valued equally," he says.
Then he'll head into the offices to try out the management disciplines. After a year, he will have a review, and along with his employers, work out his next career step. In a company with 3200 employees and a presence in four countries, the future is full of possibilities.
In fact, Kyle comments his CV is getting a boost already. "Mainfreight's graduate programme ensures you take ownership of your career, and provides you with all the tools and qualifications you need to excel - right down to your forklift licence."