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Rachit Kushwaha

Graduate Diploma in Applied Management



Graduate Rachit Kushwaha has been making his mark in New Zealand through his initiatives to help new migrants.

Rachit came to New Zealand from New Delhi to study at Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland International Campus.

He chose OPAIC because of its hands-on approach to learning and its work-ready focus.

“After looking at OPAIC's Industry Project option in the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management I was certain OPAIC was going to be my choice,” he says.

“The Industry Project quickly enabled me to gain practical experience in my industry and built my confidence to speak articulately.”

Rachit has gone on to achieve big things since graduating. He started his career as a Social Media Assistant at a non-governmental organisation. Three years later he’s a Lead Editor for a real estate company in Auckland. 

He’s very proud to have started New Zealand's first online show based on immigrants - Behind the Dreams- where he interviews successful immigrants all over the country and shares their stories and experiences.

“We explore the mindsets, skills, insights and strategies that it took for these individuals to achieve their current levels of living and career standards.”

Since launching the platform five months ago, the show has gained a lot of attention from the immigrant communities in New Zealand and Australia.

“People are raving about the show and have recommended migrants take advantage of its original content to help them achieve success in their careers.”

His Facebook page has more than 6,000 followers, he’s recently hit the 10,000 mark on his Instagram account, and NZ's largest Indian news publication – the Indian weekender - featured him in an article.

And if that wasn’t enough, Rachit’s founded a digital marketing agency and a video production company to help local businesses, bought his dream car (a Mercedes), met Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, and written an eBook, which has been downloaded by nearly 5,000 people.

On top of that he’s an organiser of New Zealand's biggest Indian Meetup - Indian Auckland Meetup -where hundreds of Indians around Auckland meet every month to network, make new friends and celebrate their culture.

“Recently, we organised our seventh Meetup where we had 95 attendees. Also, our Facebook Group has 3,100 members.”

Rachit loves life in New Zealand and says Kiwis are the friendliest people in the world.

“The amazing cities and countryside, the beauty of its pastures, the quality of its food and health facilities attracted me towards New Zealand.”

“No matter where you are in New Zealand, you are approximately 15 minutes from somewhere spectacularly beautiful.”

He’s thankful for the opportunities he had at OPAIC. He says supportive and experienced staff helped him get clarity on what approach he should take to achieve his career goals.

Studying at OPAIC also gave him the opportunity to meet the right people.

“Attending the networking events at the campus helped me connect with people who were on the same journey as me.”

Learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Applied Management.

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