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Brinner Antony

Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing



Graduate Brinner Antony made the most of his time at Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus and has landed a job at a local property firm as a result.

Brinner completed his Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing this year.

His industry project was with Haig Robinson Property Brokers, a company the Corporate Relations team and his academic supervisor introduced him to.

“In my industrial project I got a real feel of the real estate market,” he says.

“Once I finished my industry project they took me as a property analyst there.”

His new job involves market analysis, and research on property, locations and business development.

Brinner urges current and future students to make the most of their internships rather than just treating them as another paper.

“Because that’s actually the place where you can actually showcase your skills and your talent,” he says.

“Take it as a platform to create an opportunity for yourself.”

Brinner was a banker in his home country of India with experience in lending, mortgages, and sales and marketing.

He decided he wanted a sales qualification to back up his previous work and educational experience.
New Zealand was a beautiful country so started thinking about studying here.

After doing some research he chose OPAIC because of its focus on experiential learning. 

“I was really taken by the industrial project that Otago offers.”

His course covered subjects including market development, consumer behaviour, and international marketing.

It gave him the opportunity to study real companies and looked at what was working for them.

 “It gives you a really good platform, you know which way you are heading.”

Brinner says the staff at OPAIC are excellent.

You can approach Student Success with any academic or non-academic problems, he says.

Peer tutors, which he worked as for some time, also provided support.

“People coming from different backgrounds…they need a proper, smooth transition. So peer tutors and the Student Success team, I think they’re doing a fantastic job there.”