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A mid-winter summer for five UC students

During July’s mid-year break, Jade Humphrey, Kerridwen Russ, Natalie McHugh, Ruby Maurice and I had the opportunity to participate in the week-long Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)’s Land-Sky-Ocean summer school in Weihai, China.

Participants consisted of over 68 students from seven different countries, which provided a fantastic opportunity to learn not only about Chinese culture, but also South Korea, Russia, and Vietnam.

The first few days of the programme focused on language learning classes and academic seminars, interspersed with opportunities to explore Weihai and the HIT campus.

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Photos courtesy of the group’s takeover of the @ucnz Instagram feed.

The academic seminars focused on the latest research being conducted at HIT. I particularly enjoyed the seminar on satellite design given by Associate Professor Wu Baolin. It was amazing to see undergraduate students developing and launching working satellites so early on in their academic career.

The last days of the programme focused on sharing and learning from our respective cultures. For our cultural exchange, we sang a traditional Māori waiata, Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi and showcased the facilities and lifestyle of UC.

From the perspective of a commerce student, this trip was invaluable both personally and professionally.  The experience challenged our ideas about China, international collaboration and helped shape us to become more well-rounded students and individuals.

Professionally, this trip has given me the experience to tackle the challenges of coordinating global supply chains that I’ll face in my graduate position next year.

I encourage all students, regardless of their study area, to get involved with the international opportunities that UC has to offer as they are truly life-changing.

We are extremely grateful to the International Relationships Office and our respective departments for providing us with the opportunity to represent UC in this programme.

Jared McNicoll

Find out more about Global Opportunities available through UC here>

What makes you attractive?

What makes you attractive?

To employers that is!

Every year UC hosts a series of Careers Fairs to connect you with employers before you graduate. Kicking off the series is the Commerce Careers Fair and Law and Justice Recruitment Evening, Wednesday 7 March in the Undercroft.

Commerce Careers Fair
Wednesday 7 March, 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight

Law and Justice Recruitment Evening
Wednesday 7 March, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight

If you aren’t in your final year yet, Careers Fairs are for you too. Learn about internships, summer jobs and part-time work – it is never too early to start thinking about the direction you are going in and what your next steps might be.

Come along and talk to employers, find out what they have to offer and what you can do to make yourself an attractive candidate after graduation – you might find there are simple things you can do now to make yourself an even more attractive graduate.

Top tip 1: Don’t be guilty of narrow thinking. Did you know banks often recruit engineering graduates too? Careers Fairs are a great way to find out all your options and you never know you might find a different career opportunity you never thought of.

Top tip 2: Put your best self forward at the fairs. Leave scruffy at the flat.

UC student finds success with Kitset Assembly Services

Click to see my interview with Jorgen
Click to see my interview with Jorgen

Jorgen Ellis has triumphed with his company Kitset Assembly Services before he’s even finished his commerce degree at the University of Canterbury. Having worked in a home improvement store, Jorgen was constantly asked by customers if they offered a service to assemble their purchases. After hearing the request so frequently and repeatedly having to turn them down, Jorgen decided there was certainly a market for it and started up on his own.

It’s a genius idea – nobody likes assembling things like furniture, shelves, office equipment or exercise equipment. Buying these things seems like such a good idea and then you get home and have to decipher instruction manuals and an overwhelming number of components – a headache for most people. Jorgen has capitalised on this, with his business offering assembly services for hundreds of items as well as delivery if required.

Jorgen says there is a huge demand for assembly of one item in particular “It’s garden sheds. You know, Kiwis love their garden sheds, but they definitely hate putting them together”. The most peculiar item he’s been asked to assemble is a shoe rack “It only took about two minutes, so that was an unusual one”.

Having been up and running for only 11 months, Kitset Assembly Services already employs three assembly specialists and has partnerships with retailers such as PlaceMakers, Freedom, Briscoes and Mitre 10, just to name a few. Currently based in Christchurch, Jorgen hopes to establish the business in Auckland in the next year.

As managing director of the business, Jorgen is now a very busy guy. He still has one year of his commerce degree to go, but is currently taking the year off to focus on developing the business.

Jorgen puts his success down to having drive and passion, as well as the expert help of UC Innovators and entré. As part of the UC Innovators Summer Start-Up Scholarship programme Jorgen received a $5000 scholarship as well as access to amazing business mentors. He also entered the entré $85k challenge, winning $5000 worth of business advisory services from PWC among other prizes.

If you have an idea for a business like Jorgen did, his advice is simple, “Just do it, take every opportunity you get, you’ve got nothing to lose”.