Why study Management?
Even if you end up as a surgeon, rock-star, business consultant or fighter pilot, your career will surely involve working in organisations. In any job, your effectiveness will depend on how adept you are at understanding your organisation and your ability to accomplish goals and objectives. You will also need a good appreciation of how staff behave, of power and influence, and of the nature of leadership.
New Zealand is one of the smallest, most isolated countries on earth. For that reason, we work extra hard at connecting to the global economy and producing graduates who can deal with the complexity of our world.If you wish to understand more about how to effectively conduct business in a national context, and learn about the global business system and the giant global corporations that run it, then Management at Otago should be your number one choice.
Maybe you aim to be your own boss – self- employed, an entrepreneur, or head your own company. These are the people who most need the models, insights and answers we have to offer. Our department has key contacts across private and public sectors and leading experts in the field delivering authentic, evidence-based learning.
Student exchange offers a golden opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone, experience new places and perspectives and add something exceptional to your CV. The University of Otago has exchange agreements with more than 100 institutions worldwide. If your marks average B or better, you may qualify to attend one
of these institutions for one semester or for a year. You pay only your New Zealand fees and complete your qualification within the same timeframe as if you'd never been away.
Commerce students are also encouraged to participate in one of the more than 50 specific business exchanges the Otago Business School offers.
Our graduates can be found in a range of jobs in private business, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, health care providers, applied science and technology companies, and arts and leisure management companies, while others form their own entrepreneurial startup companies.
Often students will complement their Management degree with another degree, major or minor from Arts, Law or Science to enhance their career prospects and marketability to employers.
Recent graduates have gained the following jobs:
- Project manager
- Marketing Research Analyst
- Employment Advocate
- Retail Customer Experience Specialist
- Marketing Communications Manager
- Strategy and Operations Analyst
- Consultant and IT Recruitment
- HR Consultant
Recent employers include: Spark, Shell/Z, Westpac, Mainfreight, Ernst & Young, Fonterra, and Deloitte.