There are a lot of advantages to adding another year on to a University of Otago business degree by taking time out for work experience, as marketing student Nicole Venz has found.
Nicole worked at Mercy Hospital, Dunedin for 12 months as part of the Internship Programme. Her role covered the full range of administrative and marketing tasks across different departments at the Dunedin private hospital, but she also took on projects that have made a real difference.
One such initiative was auditing patient questionnaires, to ensure different departments within the hospital were getting the right data they needed to provide optimum service. The outcome was a revamped questionnaire which improved the quality of information; something the hospital appreciated. And Nicole earned top markets for her University assignment at the same time.
Nicole’s found the benefits of the Programme aren’t just about work experience, it also made her more confident in her ability to ask questions, and to talk to people at all levels in the hierarchy.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that communication between different groups in an organisation is key.”
Nicole, who came to Otago from Tapanui, majoring in marketing and psychology, altered her study to include statistics so she can pursue her new-found interest in market research.
“The intern programme has been an all-round good experience; I feel more equipped and confident to take on future work.”