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Nick Gemmell

Nick Gemmell

Graduate — Christchurch

Where are you from?

• Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I have lived in Christchurch all my life. After I finished school, I studied at Lincoln University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Science, majoring in Plant Science in 2019. During my time at Lincoln, I gained valuable work experience working on dairy, sheep, beef and deer farms. As my Dad owns a farm near Hawarden, 40 minutes away from Hanmer Springs, I am no stranger to rural life.

During my last semester at Lincoln, I came across the Landpower Graduate Program at the Careers Fair and decided to apply for the job. I was delighted to be offered the role and joined the Landpower team in February 2020.

What does a typical day involve?

It has been a unique experience for me in this role. I have spent time in both the wholesale and retail side of the business working in a variety of departments – Parts, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources.

Most recently, I have been working closely with the Group Retail Service Manager, implementing a new GPS and data collection platform. We have been rolling this out across all our dealerships – it’s been interesting working with this new technology, offering a solution that will provide enhanced service to our customers.

What do you enjoy most about the Graduate Program?

I enjoy working for a company like Landpower, which is a family run business who really care for their employees.

The travel aspect of working for Landpower is great! As there are CLAAS Harvest Centres across Australia and New Zealand, there is always opportunity to travel and work all over Australasia.

Having exposure to all parts of the business is an invaluable experience. It gives me perspective on how both retail and wholesale works which can be useful when making decisions that affect both sides of the business.

How did you get involved in the Graduate Program?

I was walking out of a lecture and into the library on Careers Day at Lincoln University, when I noticed that Landpower was advertising the Graduate role.

I had a read on what they had to offer – the opportunity to travel and that the program was tailored to the person. I then saw the role advertised on Lincoln University’s Careers Hub so I decided to apply and I guess the rest is history.

What advice do you have for others thinking about applying for the Graduate Program?

If you have the passion to work for a company who provide exceptional service and sell world-class agricultural machinery, then this is the company for you.

If you were like me and still a little confused about where your career was going to take you, then my advice is give this opportunity some real thought.

Open your mind to what this unique program has to offer. You could surprise yourself and really enjoy working for a company that cares and is moving in a progressive and positive direction, I know it surprised me!

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