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  • James

    The benefits of a Keystone Scholarship are unnumbered, it truly is an amazing opportunity.


    Why did you decide to take up qualifications in the property sector?

    Heading into Year 13 at school, I was unsure as to what career path I wanted to take. I thought property degree at Auckland University would only lead into Real Estate, but boy was I wrong. After exploring the many pathways upon completion of the degree, I knew this is where I wanted to end up, and have never looked back.

    What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

    I definitely think I would have been overwhelmed with the transition between School and University, if it had not been for the support of the Keystone family, particularly my buddy, who really helped me settle into University.

    What do you think is the key difference of a Keystone Scholarship?

    Keystone do not just dump some money into our bank accounts and run, they provide students with the skills and resources to really succeed in the Property Industry and really look after me, and push me to achieve the best that I can. While the money is extremely helpful, it is the extras, like the wingman, the buddy and the networking that I have found most useful.

    What have been the highlights of your time with us so far?

    The site visits were definitely one of the highlights. We visited a variety of the sponsor’s ongoing projects and the finished buildings, such as the then incomplete New Lynn Mall and the contemporary ASB North Wharf. This provided a lot of practicality and application to the degree I am studying.

    How have you connected with our sponsor family?
    I have connected with the sponsors throughout the many Keystone events held throughout the year. I have meet some truly influential and successful professionals, who are at the very top of their areas, including CEO’s, General Manager’s, Directors, and many more. Through these connections, I have landed a job and learnt how the companies best operate.

    Tell me about the buddy programme and wingman programme?

    With the buddies, we are paired up with fellow students studying towards the same degree as we are, but a few years deeper into their degree. Buddies give tips on approaching University and the course content, all in all, making the transition to University an easier adjustment.  With the wingman, we are matched with a professional in the workforce (generally a Keystone Alumni), who has completed the same degree as us, and working in the area of the industry where we may want to end up. The wingman provides practicality to what I am studying as they illustrate where the knowledge learnt through my studies will be utilised, as well as sharing useful insights into the majors that will be most useful.

    Where do you think your qualifications might take you?

    At the moment, I have still yet to decide where exactly in the property industry I would like to go. However, Commercial Property Management and Development are both very attractive possibilities at this early stage.

    What would you say to other students thinking of applying for a scholarship?

    Whatever you do, make applying for the Keystone scholarships an absolute priority. The benefits are unnumbered; it truly is an amazing opportunity that cannot be missed.