Alumni Stories - Timoti Wharewaka
Class of: 2012
School: Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate
Scholarship Partner: Glen Family Foundation
First Foundation Class of 2012 scholarship recipient Timoti Wharewaka says the First Foundation platform was a great building block which helped him with the transition from high school to university and now, on to achieving his dream job.
The 21-year-old of Ngāpuhi descent initially learnt about First Foundation through a careers counsellor in Year 12 at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. Following high school, Timoti enrolled at AUT and studied a Bachelor of Computer and Information Science.
“The Glen Family Foundation sponsored my scholarship. I worked for an organisation called Spicers – that I loved – and worked in pretty much every department they had,” Timoti explains. “I built some great connections and worked full time when I was in and out of uni.”
Timoti’s mentor Pameetha De Silva taught him some good life lessons around planning for his future and they would often talk about life after university. More recently, Timoti has been accepted into the TupuToa scholarship programme, which has been amazing for the ambitious young man.
“Similar to First Foundation, TupuToa has helped the transition from university to the actual workforce. A major benefit with TupuToa is it enabled me to work as an intern under a corporate organisation that aligns with my passion for technology.”
In November 2017, Timoti began an internship at global management consultancy Accenture, after completing the TupuToa internship programme aimed at Māori and Pasifika tertiary graduates.
“The major highlights for me were to work on two projects beginning to end, support a major health project, be involved in our corporate community work, and, at the end of the internship, be offered a full-time role.”
Now at the end of his internship, Timoti has accepted the full-time role with Accenture. He is enjoying his new position, in an industry he loves, and says more businesses need to promote diversity and embrace Māori and Pasifika staff.
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“I built some great connections and worked full time when I was in and out of uni.”