Financial Analyst at Foodstuffs

Competitions and events run by student clubs gave Adam Paterson vital experience to launch his career in business.

Adam Paterson, Financial Analyst at Foodstuffs.

Key facts

Career: Finance
Programme: Bachelor of Commerce
Subjects: Economics and Marketing

During his studies, Adam took part in a series of Management Consulting Club events where teams are tasked with solving business cases and presenting their ideas to a panel of industry experts.

“You get to practise in high-pressure situations and you learn so much. It also gives you a competitive edge in job interviews.”

Adam was part of a team that competed in the Microsoft Ad Challenge, creating a video campaign and presenting it to the company at its Auckland headquarters.

“It was a cool opportunity to go into one of the big firms and practise presenting and networking with people.”

In his final year of university, Adam completed an internship at Foodstuffs and went on to secure a full-time role as a financial analyst in the strategy and new ventures team.

“It’s project based, which is really exciting, and it brings together a lot of different parts of the BCom degree.”

As a graduate employee, Adam is rotating through different departments at Foodstuffs during his first two years.

“I’m looking forward to trying out a variety of roles and getting a feel for different areas of the business.”