Are you an AUT student nearing graduation? Are you looking for a Cooperative Education role that is challenging, rewarding and exciting? Then consider an internship at The Warehouse Group! We pride ourselves on being a customer-led, frontline-focused and people-centred business.
I began my journey with The Warehouse at the beginning of this year, when I interviewed with the Executive General Manager of Clothing for a co-op placement within the Head to Toe merchandise team. While discussing my background in Economics and International Business, we quickly realised retail planning was a great environment for me to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace.
I joined the planning team in the Footwear Department where my role was merchandise support. On my first day I was a little nervous and apprehensive. I had no idea merchandise planning was even a job before Co-op so I was very unsure of how the next 9 weeks was going to go.
Like many other students studying a BBus at AUT University, I needed to find a placement to complete my last paper and graduate. I took the paper requirements literally and wanted to find a position where I could actually use my learnings gained over the previous two and a half years and build on them professionally over the nine weeks. I sent my CV away to a number of different roles, got three interviews and in turn 3 job offers. It was a hard choice to make as these were the 3 options:
My Co-Op story began in 2014, back when I was completing my final semester at AUT. I was searching Career Hub, (like 300 other students that semester!) because we were required to find a Co-Op placement where we could apply all of the theory that we’d been spending the last 3 years learning over a 9 week work experience placement.
As I looked through the pages of job ads I came across a familiar red logo that I was used to seeing as a shopper on a desperate mission to get something! I was looking to apply my marketing theory at a company that I could identify with and after seeing the striking red logo I thought…