Graduates & Students

Linked into an Internship

May 29, 2024

Rajvi Rangrej

Using LinkedIn led Rajvi Rangrej to an internship with a design firm and lots of great contacts – but it wasn’t something she was keen to do initially. But when she put up a logo she’d created for AUT Indian Student Association, everything changed.

Gaming World Opens Up for 3D Animator

October 3, 2023

AUT Game Design Graduate Reuben Shortland

What on earth do you do as a 3D Animator in game design? It sounds exciting, being a 3D animator for a game design company – and it is, says Māori creative Reuben Shortland (Ngāti Hine) who works for Metia Interactive. It is also a world we you keep learning and learning.

Why on earth would you want to create 'bump space' for a living?

October 2, 2023

Spatial designer at Ockham Collective Ethan Hoogenboom

Bump spaces? Whaaat? Well they’re nothing too out of this world, but simply where you might bump into neighbours or locals as you go about your day, says Ockham Residential spatial designer Ethan Hoogenboom.And, while it may not always feel desirable to bump into your neighbour when you’ve been hosting loud parties, the need for bump space is becoming increasingly vital as we move into more intensified and smaller living spaces.

Don't forget why you're doing your degree

September 19, 2023

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.”

Successful Job Interview with ELab Help

February 28, 2023

AUT graduate Justin Singh

“When I went to my Air NZ interview I found I could confidently answer every question they asked me because of the interview practice I did at the Employability Lab,” says Bachelor of International Tourism Management graduate Justin Singh. Now working as an Air NZ contact centre consultant, he encourages all students to make the most of AUT Employability and Career services.

Making a social impact with construction engineering

May 16, 2022

April Faitua

Construction engineering graduate April Faitua was delighted to get into the Kāinga Ora 18-month graduate programme working on construction that brought about social change. April has now taken up the role of consultant information manager for Auercon in their digital engineering team. She talks about her Kāinga Ora graduate programme experience.

International Graduate Overcomes Obstacles To Success

January 25, 2022

Mallik Gadpudi - AUT Alumni

When Mallik Gadipudi completed his MBA in Human Resources at AUT and took on a 2degrees customer care specialist role, his Dad back in India was perplexed and angry. Why was he going to work in a call centre after doing a postgraduate qualification?

Mallik didn’t see it that way. For him it was a strategic step needed to overcome a lack of experience in the New Zealand workplace. And it worked. Mallik is now national sales manager for KPL Distribution and has founded a music production company.

Graduate Job Title Samples

July 26, 2021

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If manager or team leader roles are not coming through feeds from AUT talenthub, NZUnitalent, SEEK etc, don’t panic. Most graduate roles fall under titles such as assistant, executive, administrator, officer etc. These roles are door openers – discard them at your peril.

What on earth is it like to be a probation officer?

July 20, 2021

Probation Officer Georgia Fui

The dream of becoming a detective led Georgia Fui to AUT to study criminology. However, as she delved further into her degree she started to question her career choice. Did she really want to be out on the streets catching people breaking the law? If not, then what else could she do?

Systems Ninja - what sort of job is that?

June 11, 2021

Systems Ninja Brian Kong at work

When you hear the word ‘ninja’ what do you think of? People swooping around doing stealthy karate chops in dark outfits – or teenage mutant turtles called Michelangelo and Donatello eating pizza? I bet you’re not thinking of Systems Ninjas; techie trainees learning how to code without any strange outfits, medieval names or destruction?  Readiness IT 's ystems ninja traineeship is a great strating place says Systems Ninja Brian Kong.