Employability Blog

Getting your career under way as well as your study

February 25, 2020

Future digital workspace

First week jitters? Excited but nervous about taking the first step towards the rest of your life and career. Most students do feel a bit overwhelmed initially. Totally normal – just don’t forget to check Employability and Careers services out once you’ve settled in. Who….?

Plenty happening at the Employability Lab

February 18, 2020

 CVR Shastry volunteering

If you’re a new student, make the most of your time here and get involved by volunteering and doing leadership things, advises health informatics student CVR Shastry.

"I got much more out of getting involved than I expected - and it was the employability & Careers team and the AUT Edge Award that got me started."

A chance to mix and find your way

February 18, 2020

AUT Edge Award student Anisha Khatoon

A new postgraduate international student in 2019, Anisha Khatoon found O Week  was a great way to mix and mingle and learn about the facilities available to AUT students, including Employability and Careers.

Don't forget why you're doing your degree

February 18, 2020

AUT graduate Mary-Lynn Huxford

“Don’t forget why you signed up for your degree, says Mary-Lynn Huxford, who graduated last year from AUT with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Conflict Resolution.

“Ultimately you have come to AUT to start building your career path in your chosen field.”

First Beyond AUT graduate pulls out all stops

January 21, 2020

Dual awards Selena Volodzskis

A feisty go-getter is the first AUT student to gain both the AUT Edge Award and the inaugural postgraduate Beyond AUT Award. To do two awards concurrently is a big ask for anyone, especially someone with extra responsibilities.

AUT Edge Award offers great experiences

January 10, 2020

2019 Dec Edge Award Winners

Want to have fun with others while improving your employability skills and doing something purposeful? For many AUT students the AUT Edge Award offers just that. Here is what the top five AUT Edge Award students from last semester have to say.

Why would you want to work in a career ... that outsiders don't understand?

November 15, 2019

Roberto OT resized

When Roberto Jatulan tells strangers where he works, the response is usually negative. Why would you want to do occupational therapy in mental health, he is asked.

“Usually people are intimidated by the fact that I’m dealing with people with mental health illness and it is hard to blame them when the media offers so much negative portrayal …. but most of that is a misrepresentation. It is very fulfilling work,” says Roberto, who works at a rehabilitation unit for people struggling with mental illness; the Buchanan Clinical Rehabilitation Service.

Why would you want a career where ... you are literally a messenger

October 25, 2019

NZSL interpreter Rebekah Guy

Weddings, funerals, medical appointments, courtroom processes - the happy, the sad, the bad, the ugly - As the messenger New Zealand Sign Language Interpreters are the conduit for all information. It's a job where you are the focus of attention but can't control the message.

Know your kaupapa, know your why!

October 25, 2019


Know your why! Know your kaupapa! Know the island you’re trying to get to! Then find your niche. Be the bridge. Follow your passion. Make a difference in whatever way you can, no matter how small.

These were the aspirational messages from a number of outstanding speakers that were invited onto campus this semester.

Why would you want a career .... dealing with grotty feet?

October 24, 2019

Diabetic podiatrist working on a foot

Smelly, spongy or gangrenous – whatever condition feet are in – diabetic podiatrist Ramona Frost finds it a challenge and a puzzle to make feet better. It's a career she loves because of the difference it can make to people's lives.