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Student Story: Sushant Kwatra

8 November, 2021
News and events

Sushant Kwatra’s internship with Cardinal Logistics is helping him gain the experience he needs to pursue a career in supply chain management.

Sushant decided to come to New Zealand and study a Bachelor of Applied Management at OPAIC in 2019, after completing a qualification in commerce back home in Delhi.

He says he choose OPAIC because it is recognised as one of the best institutions for Applied Management study.

“Otago helped me in getting an internship with a recognised company. According to my interests, they advised me to do an internship with Cardinal Logistics which deals with supply chain management.”

Sushant started his internship in the customer service and logistics department at the Wiri office in mid-October.

His jobs have included checking customer pods, looking after customer queries, customer reporting, investigation of delivery failures, and tracking check sheets.

It’s hoped that as the alert levels drop, Sushant will be able to gain experience and apply his knowledge out in the warehouse.

He says his colleagues are great mentors who guide him and never hesitate to help whenever he faces any issues.

“I am enjoying the internship as it is related to my interests. Another reason is the positive energy and support which I get from my colleagues which motivates me to learn and move forward towards my goal.”

Sushant has always been very interested in imports, exports, and supply chains. He says his internship is allowing him to learn more about supply chain management and gain in-depth knowledge about New Zealand’s logistics industry, which will help him in his future career.

“After finishing my studies, I hope to see myself at a recognised company like Cardinal Logistics.”

Sushant says he’s applied a lot of theories from his studies in his internships and used tools he gained during his course work.

He’s grateful for the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge from his study in a real working environment.

He says he’s looking forward to making some site visits when the city is out of lockdown to see how products are packed and dispatched for delivery to customers all over New Zealand.

The Cardinal Logistics HR Team says the company’s internship programme delivers the opportunity for students to have access to the real business world where they can use and develop the skills and knowledge acquired through the programme.

OPAIC Employability Manager, Dani Mao, says the company’s initiative ties in with one of the major aims of our Bachelor of Applied Management programme. That is to develop high-quality graduates with a sound understanding of the dynamic and changing environment in which management takes place and apply knowledge at operational and strategic levels in a range of industries and organisations.