2016 Scholarship Interns
Nerene Lynsky, Rotorua
After combining twin careers of farming & nursing over a 35 year period, I was looking for a fresh challenge, and had identified that a move into Real Estate would allow me to retain the freedom to set my own hours and provide an opportunity to develop some new skills while building on my existing strengths and knowledge of property & people.
I’d barely begun to think about which company would best suit my values, when the PGGWRE scholarship became available, I knew immediately this was my niche. With PGG Wrightson’s long history as a trusted rural brand serving the primary sector, a country girl couldn’t fail to feel at home here.
Completing Real Estate papers requires understanding a lot of legislation relating to personal and property rights, so I now know my way around many government Acts that I had never had occasion to look up before.
Once I got going with the study, it was really interesting & I think would be useful information for any consumer to have a grasp of.
The scholarship programme has been an excellent learning environment with a well-managed series of follow up courses and tutorials.
There has been plentiful provision for ongoing professional development and supportive mentors to enhance the theoretical study.
I’ve met great new people along the way and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.
I believe I’ve had the best possible start in the industry.
Paul Cornelissen, Bay of Plenty
For me, being a recipient of the PGG Wrightson Real Estate Scholarship Programme has been an interesting and exciting experience. The Scholarship programme is a fantastic way to gain your Real Estate qualifications while being surrounded by a network of like-minded people. The wider PGG Wrightson group giving you opportunities to network with a large array of people from the Agriculture industries in New Zealand.
Having completed my Real Estate qualification through TAFF I found the course work straight forward and clearly set out. Further skills having been gained while working alongside other PGG Wrightson Real Estate sales staff. The Real Estate industry is a very competitive market segment and I feel the Scholarship programme has put me in a great position moving forward for an exciting career in this industry.
One of my highlights so far was attending the annual Real Estate Conference which was held in Queenstown. Helping to celebrate the success of my fellow sales people, it is truly inspiring to see first-hand the incredible results that these people have achieved and what is possible in a business where the only limitation is your own mind set.
I can highly recommend applying for the PGG Wrightson Real Estate Scholarship programme and I see it as a fantastic gateway to your Real Estate career in a successful company.
John Hughes, Canterbury
The PGG Wrightson Real Estate Scholarship has provided a fantastic opportunity to enter the world of real estate whilst being supported from day one onwards. The Canterbury team made me feel welcome and were very helpful at Field days and team meetings.
I completed my real estate licence through TAFE via correspondence – this was a great way to complete the course as the tutors were very helpful and the course was interesting and informative.
I was sent on a two day “growing sales” seminar with other new PGG Wrightson real estate agents and employees from other parts of the business which gave me a understanding of the importance of the “one PGGW” values.
As part of the scholarship I was able to attend the 2016 annual real estate conference in Queenstown, the motivational speakers were among the best I have seen and the structure of the workshops and conference was very professionally run, I obtained a wealth of knowledge about the real estate sector.
The Scholarship is a great way of entering the real estate sector especially if you are looking to work for a well-respected rural real estate company.