Graduates & Students

Linked into an Internship

July 5, 2022

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

June 23, 2022

AUT Game Design Graduate Reuben Shortland

The gaming world is an exciting industry to enter – particularly for Māori creative Reuben Shortland (Ngāti Hine) who is helping create games with Māori characters for global game design and development company Metia Interactive. An AUT Digital Design graduate, Reuben talks of his role at Metia Interactive and his career path into 3D animation.

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.

Success isn't about Perfection

August 30, 2021

Caiitlin Baard AUT Edge Award Leadership winner

Struggles as well as the successes need to be seen and celebrated, says Caitlin Baard who recently won the AUT Edge Leadership Prize for semester one.

“It is easy to see a person who’s ‘succeeded’ in something and feel alienated, believing they are always on and exceptional. But that is truly impossible - even a disadvantage,” says Caitlin, an AUT Public Health and Environmental Sciences graduate.

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.

A social sciences degree - what on earth can you do with that?

March 9, 2021

AUT social sciences alumni Jana Nee

You’re doing social sciences? Social what? Why on earth would you? Because you could end up doing a job you absolutely love, as Social Sciences and Criminology graduate Jana Nee found out. Yep, there are many roles requiring social science skills of critical thinking, research, planning, communication and a commitment to social justice, cultural diversity, human rights and community.“There is so much you can do with social sciences and criminology, especially in the realm of Māori development and whānau ora,” she says.

Enriched experience with Employability & Careers

February 25, 2021

Giri Gonsai at Beyond AUT Award graduation

When Giri Gonsai found out about Employability and Careers after picking up a flyer at Orientation, the Postgraduate Computer and Information Science student realised he’d stumbled onto a way to charge up his year and become fully prepared for employment. And he was not wrong.