Shoe designer and owner at REB Footwear

Nicole Schoefisch-Rebstock initially chose to study law, but then added a BCom, a nod to her entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating and being admitted to the bar, she chose to forgo a legal career and set up her own highly successful shoe brand.

Nicole Schoefisch-Rebstock, REB Footwear

Key facts

Career: Shoe designer and business owner
Programme: Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws conjoint
Subjects: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Law

"I loved studying at the University of Auckland, especially at the Business School. There are so many opportunities, both academic and non-academic.

"On the academic side, the teaching facilities and resources are endless and lecturers are always more than happy to help you if you need further clarification. It’s a very welcoming learning environment. My classes in my final years were quite interactive which was fun and also allowed me to explore concepts and ideas in depth.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship was great because it covered idea generation, implementation, finance and marketing, giving me a well-rounded appreciation of what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Nicole Schoefisch-Rebstock

"On the non-academic side, I really enjoyed being involved in the Case Programme. You make a lot of friends and you learn how to critically analyse things in a way that you don’t do in the classroom, which is of course an essential skill to have when you’re looking for a graduate role. You get to travel overseas with your friends to compete.

"Importantly, you get mentored closely and you get a lot of help with CVs and preparing for interviews for graduate roles. A lot of my friends got top graduate roles because they got involved in the Case Programme. I couldn’t recommend it more highly."