Intern Success Stories: Te Rimene Workman

Meet Te Rimene Workman! Te Rimene is from Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa and Rangitāne o Wairarapa, Napier. He is concluding his study toward a Law/Commerce conjoint at Victoria University of Wellington with Finance and Economics majors.

TupuToa is committed to effectively progressing our rangatahi in the corporate and professional sectors. Securing partnerships and offering internship opportunities with globally renowned organisations is all part of what we do. In this case, we matched Te Rimene with an internship opportunity at PwC over the Summer.

Te Rimene interned in their Finance Advisory Services team, and continues to work there on a part-time basis. He reports, 'the internship experience was amazing; this was my first career-focused job and I enjoyed doing something new and related to my studies.' When asked what his biggest takeaway was, he responded that it was 'the training and experience that only comes from being exposed to the corporate environment; university is a great place to learn concepts and theory but seeing how partners and directors operate was great for my personal development.' A TupuToa internship prepares Māori & Pasifika tertiary students to enter the workplace with confidence in the value they can add to an organisation.

We ask our interns to connect with what fundamentally drives them. When asked what his 'why' was, Te Rimene said, 'My why is my whanau; I've been blessed to have parents that have put time and effort into giving me tools to succeed so I strive to make the most of what I've been given.' Knowing your why will enable you to overcome the challenges characteristic of any worthy pursuit. Te Rimene overcame the challenge of balancing Summer study with full-time work during his internship; time management, he points out, was key to ensuring he could handle the workload.

Te Rimene was a standout intern and recipient of our programme. It was no surprise to us that at the conclusion of his internship he was offered a graduate role with PwC in 2020. He is inspired and excited to continue his career development and is especially grateful that TupuToa put him in this position to succeed. His advice for future interns this Summer is to 'seize the opportunity - growth comes when we leave our comfort zone so take any opportunity that comes your way.'

We predict success will be a hallmark of Te Rimene’s future and career trajectory. As is anticipated for all of our TupuToa interns. We are privileged to be party to this movement of indigenous excellence. We wish Te Rimene aroha and our best as he works toward realising his personal vision for the future: to see more Māori and Pasifika in all areas of the corporate environment.

Pictured: Te Rimene (left) and Lachlan Macintosh (right) -TupuToa interns, PwC Wellington Office

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