Magazine article New Zealand Management

Business Savvy, Science Nous

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Business Savvy, Science Nous

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In one lesson Danielle Fraser would be cutting up rats, in the next she'd be planning a long-term business strategy for a major New Zealand company. She graduated last month with a real mix of skills that could take her in many career directions.

Fraser is the first Waikato University student to graduate with a joint Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Science degree. "I originally left Hamilton Girls' High and enrolled in a veterinary science degree, but work experience at a vets before I started put me off--too much blood--so I switched to management. Only a year down the track I found I missed the science."

As luck would have it, Waikato was offering its new five-year conjoint degree, which suited Fraser down to the ground. "The subjects I was studying were so different but I knew the management skills I was gaining would cross over into all the sciences."

She says there was one science paper that she could apply to management--animal behaviour. "There was psychology involved in that and I found a lot of what I was learning was applicable to areas of strategic management and organisational behaviour. …

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