During the April 2018 term break, I was offered the amazing opportunity by Dr Jeffrey Stangl, David Farquhar, Loren Stangl, and many other BBC alumni, to go to Massey University Business Bootcamp. Jeffrey, David and Loren were some of the most caring and inspiring people I have ever met. Their passion for helping young people succeed in the business world is invaluable.
The week was action packed, with 50 like-minded business students from all over New Zealand meeting for the first time in Auckland. The thought of having to spend a week with complete strangers was originally very daunting, however, after the first day it was as if we had all known each other for many years.
During the week, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit three amazing companies: MYOB, The Warehouse Group, and Hewlett-Packard. Listening to the employees and looking around their buildings sparked many things in my mind that I can’t wait to work towards in the future. Other aspects of the week included lectures on various business aspects, a design thinking workshop, a toastmasters’ workshop, and discussions with many business leaders. These leaders were from organisations such as McDonalds, The Ministry of Education, Vodafone, and included a very entertaining speaker – thought leader and philanthropist, Frank Olsson.
On the last day, the group had a formal prize giving to which all the business leaders and business bootcamp alumni were invited back for a presentation and lunch. Some of the students who were awarded prizes were already an inspiration to me, and I am so glad I have had the chance to meet them, as they are going to go far in life! I was also lucky enough to be awarded the prize for leadership within the group, an achievement I am very proud of.
I would never have expected to have come away from this experience with the knowledge, motivation, and networks that I have and I cannot wait to share my learning with others.
Sophie Svenson, Year 13