News @ ICNZ
Jan – Feb 2015, Issue

We welcome our readers to enjoy our First newsletter from ICNZ for the Year 2015. As always, we have packed a lot of information to provide you with a glimpse of the student’s life at ICNZ.

Inside this issue

  • New Year Greetings
  • Guest Speaker
  • In class Focus
  • Tourism Auckland Event
  • Birthdays of the Month
  • Difference between
    Successful and Unsuccessful
  • Success Story -
    Jeremy Moon,Icebreaker

New Year  Greetings

ICNZ would like to wish you all a Happy New Year, and take this opportunity to thank you for your warm support throughout 2014 and looking forward to the same in 2015. The beginning of each New Year provides us with a few moments to deeply and quietly reflect on our previous 12 months and on our many accomplishments and gives us meaningful time to plan out an even more extraordinary year to come.

GUEST SPEAKERS

In line with our mission to equip students with attitude and aptitude, guest speakers addressed the students on various topics.

The Role  of Entrepreneurship in Business

Successful entrepreneurship depends on many factors, including the characteristics of the entrepreneur and the entrepreneur's economic environment of primary importance is a dedicated, talented, creative entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship also depends on access to capital, whether it be human, technological, or financial and on a liberal business environment that enables innovative people to implement their ideas. In short, entrepreneurship is a process that involves planning, implementation, and management as well as the cooperation of others in order to exploit an opportunity for profit.

ICNZ had the opportunity to call on one of such successful entrepreneur in New Zealand, Mark Richardson. He came to speak to students about his successful business venture - Sellutions.

Mark conducted sessions in Level 5 and Level 7 classes. Students were informed that there are different ways in which they can explore and capitalize on new ideas and various funding sources were discussed for startups along with the utmost importance of having a positive attitude.

He shared with the class that entrepreneurial development today has become very significant; in view of its being a key to economic development. The objectives of industrial development, regional growth, and employment generation depend upon entrepreneurial development.

Entrepreneurs are, thus, the seeds of industrial development and the fruits of industrial development are greater employment opportunities to unemployed youth, increase in per capita income, higher standard of living and increased individual saving, revenue to the government in the form of income tax, sales tax, export duties, import duties, and balanced regional development. Level 7 students could particularly relate with such information as they are taking Entreprenurship course.

In Class  Focus

At ICNZ, students are encouraged to acquire the skill of communicating through presentations, group discussions, conducting meetings, interviews and the likes of it. Thus, it complements and extends the skills acquired through written exercises such as essays and assignments by emphasising the importance of developing oral communication techniques. Mock interviews simulate real job interviews and are conducted with a prospective job interviewee and an interviewer, often a career professional who can provide valuable input on your interview performance. For Unit Standard 1297 – Level 5 students had to conduct interview in formal situations. Lepani and Atika are in the first picture, whereas in the next picture Saurav and Ragini and in the last Venil and Joytika conducted formal interviews.

Students enjoyed the interviews thoroughly and got good understanding of various aspects of organising and conducting an interview. and had interactive sessions with lot of questions and answers for the presenters.

Tourism Auckland Event

ICNZ always gets its students involved in various events and discussions taking place around Auckland. One such focus group was organised by Tourism Auckland. They were in the process of developing a programme that will focus on integrating international students into the Auckland way of life. They wanted students from different backgrounds and countries to test it with a focus group of current international students to ensure that it works across different ages, cultures and languages. Pranil (level 5), Asmita (level 6) and Gunwant (Level 7) represented ICNZ for the discussion and were very happy to be part of it.

Asmita commented: “it was really a valuable experience to me which I am proudly gonna take with me. I would like to notify you that it helped me to embrace my skills of team work, confidence and obviously keeping my own opinions to other people with confidence. It was like a group discussion and I really enjoyed being the part of it”.

Birthdays  of the Month

At ICNZ, we believe it to be home away from home Most of our students are away from their families and therefore just to share their special moments, we encourage and facilitate students in celebrating their respective birthdays.

In the above picture Students celebrating birthdays for Sharon, Vidya (International Student Manager) and Palwinder.



Birthdays give us the opportunities to stop and appreciate all the beautiful things we have been blessed with

Above - Faizan, Rahul (Level 5), Salanieta, Zenia and Rahul (Level 6) celebrating their birthday.

Above – Abhishek, Tapasvee, Jagdeep, Firoz and Mahadi cutting the cake and thanking the students.

Thanks to Pranil Prasad, Sheetal Reddy, Hans, Saheed who do a great job organising the student birthdays.

Students having fun and enjoying food!

Success Story  - Jeremy Moon, Icebreaker

Making the most of a light-bulb moment

Jeremy Moon, photo Chris Gorman/NZH As a child, Jeremy Moon lived in a lot of different countries, so it was hardly surprising that when he went to university, he chose to study cultural anthropology. Which has led, somewhat bizarrely, to an outdoor-clothing business. The Moon’s light-bulb moment was when he discovered merino clothing was vastly superior to the polypropylene garments he was used to. He sought out the South Island farmers who grew the wool, and knew he had finally found something to fulfil his “burning desire” to build an international brand.

At the time he was 24 and broke, so he told his bank, he wanted to build a new kitchen. Instead, he built a company that these days employs around 250 people in Wellington, the US and Europe. The Moon can recall plenty of moments that at the time seemed serendipitous: “You make your mind up, and then funny things happen.” But he also meticulously planned Icebreaker’s success from the beginning. “We really didn’t know what we were doing and we were figuring it out as we went along.”

To differentiate itself from its much larger competitors, Icebreaker has focused on issues such as sustainability, with the aim of becoming “the cleanest clothing company in the world”. It has also marketed the brand as being more edgy than its competitors. It recently opened its own stores, and to prove that it is serious, its one in New York is opposite Patagonia’s and next to Chanel’s. The plan is to eventually have thousands of stores and for Icebreaker to be a $1 billion brand. The Moon doesn’t let his ambition get in the way of good sense, however. The company is holding off entering the Chinese market, for example, because so many Western retailers are losing money there. Another strategy has been to hire the best people, rather than the cheapest. Former Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe recently joined its board. The Moon also believes companies need to constantly evolve, and is in the throes of “reinventing” the business to cope with the digital age. “There are few things as challenging as the long-term reinvention of your core belief.”

He thinks Kiwi companies need to act as locals in whatever overseas market they are targeting. He is also a big believer in outsourcing to whichever supplier can do the best job. “It’s a very old-fashioned idea that you have to do everything in New Zealand.” However, he believes the quality of people in New Zealand is “extremely high” and is determined to continue to base the company here.

Moon’s passion for what he does is obvious, but he believes that customers also need to be passionate about your product for a business to succeed. “The question you have to ask yourself is: ‘Are you doing things worth talking about?’”

Source Taken from
http://www.listener.co.nz/the-influentials/successful-kiwi-entrepreneurs-the-kiwi-can-do-attitude/ 23rd February 2015

Difference   between Successful and Unsuccessful People