King's students visit PWC
We were able to see how one of the top accounting firms in New Zealand efficiently functions, using hot desks so that they only have the optimal amount of desks that are needed inside their firm.
We also learnt about the various different roles that their employees have and how these roles help the businesses they work with to achieve their best business outcomes.
A presentation was given to us showing how technology is having a positive effect on accounting and how it is allowing accounting to evolve into a more advice-driven career.
All the students on the trip were shown around the PWC offices which had an open floor plan for employees to effectively communicate with each other when necessary.
The trip was extremely interesting as it brought the accounting we do in the classroom into a practical role and we could see the similarities and differences between the two.
Georgia Parris, Year 12, Taylor
Year 13s Shadow a Leader
On the 4th of July this year, myself and a fellow Year 13 student were selected to participate in AUT’s Shadow a Leader programme.
The programme is an innovative, industry focused and educational initiative to support the development the future leaders of New Zealand.
The day itself involved a breakfast where we were introduced to our business leader, mine being Lindsay Rowles, the General Manager Membership and Property at Foodstuffs.
The day began bright and early at 7am and went on until 4pm. For the rest of the day I shadowed Rowles as he attended to his respective duties.
This involved visiting the Foodstuff headquarters and getting a “behind the scenes” look at what is involved between the food and produce arriving at the Auckland warehouse, and being distributed to the various supermarkets.
Following this we were shown around various Pak’nSave, New World, and Four Square operations around Auckland where the proud owners gave us an in depth tour of their space.
It was interesting to see that each store differs in their strategical shelf placement of products and marketing methods, dependent on their location's demographic.
It was inspiring to see first hand a collective group of business owners who were dedicated and passionate about what they did each day.
This experience gave me invaluable insights into how business leaders work in the professional world and allowed me to understand the attributes required to navigate a successful career in my chosen field.
Briar Jonas, Year 13, Taylor