Planning Support Specialist, The Warehouse Group
Bachelor of Business in Economics and International Business
When Gabrielle Wymer first started studying economics she had no idea that her degree would lead to a career in retail planning.
“Like many students, I wasn’t sure exactly what career I wanted when I came to university. I had enjoyed economics in high school and I knew a business degree would lay the foundation for a variety of careers. I had never considered retail planning as a career, but now I encourage other economics students to look into this as a career opportunity," says the AUT alumna.
“I found out about retail planning in my third year at AUT, when I interviewed for a work placement within The Warehouse Group’s merchandise team. While discussing my background in economics and international business, we quickly realised retail planning was a great environment for me.”
Her work placement enabled her to see first-hand how the fundamentals of economics were used in retail, Gabrielle says. Even better, it also opened the door to her current role.
A fast-paced career
Now working as a planning support specialist, Gabrielle enjoys working in the challenging and fast-paced retail environment.
“No two days are the same, which I enjoy. Working for The Warehouse Group also provides me with so many opportunities. Employees are constantly developing and trying new career paths, so as a recent graduate I will be exposed to many aspects of the business.”
Her responsibilities include liaising with suppliers, forecasting, sales analysis, stock allocation and replenishment, and stock management. She says she constantly draws on what she learned at AUT.
“I use what I learned at AUT in many aspects of my job, including analysing data and forecasting. However the most valuable skills I gained from my time at AUT were interpersonal and teamwork skills. Teamwork is such an important part of my job, and these skills are crucial now,” Gabrielle says.
Plenty of opportunities
Her advice to other students is to take advantage of everything AUT has to offer.
“There are so many opportunities and experiences at AUT. You just need to take the time to look. Spend a semester abroad, join a club and get involved! Make yourself stand out from other graduates,” says Gabrielle.
“For me, the absolute highlight was the semester I spent at San Diego State University. In the four and a half months I was there, I was able to develop not just on an academic level but also on a personal level. This experience was invaluable, and has shaped me into a well-rounded graduate. It’s an opportunity I will always be grateful for.”
Other highlights of Gabrielle’s time at AUT include being named as one of the top students in international business 2015, and being inducted into prestigious international honours society Beta Gamma Sigma.
Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.34pm
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