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“I’m always up for trying something new & learning a different part of the business…I’ve moved sideways in roles several times to learn new skills – this often feels hard at the time, but it has always paid off for me.”
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Career advice from NZME CEO & #AUTuni Bachelor of Business alumnus Michael Boggs.
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View our story to read the full Insight interview with Michael ~
“Bring your whole self to university – your culture, your gender, your whānau, your identity. Bring every part that makes you who you are, & make sure to embody it wholeheartedly & unapologetically.”
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#AUTuni communication studies alumna Makere Carroll wanted a career with a focus on building relationships – something that is very important to her identity.
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Now working as a communications & stakeholder engagement consultant for Aurecon, Makere enjoys using her communication skills to work with different communities & is proud to be incorporating her Māori worldview into her work.
• “I run sessions where I invite anyone around the office to learn te reo & aspects of tikanga Māori. This worldview & passion for my culture has allowed me to participate in discussions with people in senior roles to take positive steps towards better outcomes for Māori & Pacific people. I also enjoy that Aurecon has a focus on diversity and inclusion, & I’m involved in its Diversity & Inclusion Council.”
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Makere’s main advice for students starting university – “don’t be afraid to show who you are as a person.”
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Read more about Makere via link in story.
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Visit aut.ac.nz to learn more about our Bachelor of Communication Studies programme 🎓
“I am fortunate I stumbled on a profession I love. Through diverse experiences, I have achieved confidence in my sports science acumen. It is very gratifying that I have had a meaningful impact on the organisations & athletes I’ve supported.”
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Head over to our story to read more from Dr. Matthew Kritz - @autsportandrec alumnus with more than 20 years of experience in elite sport ~
Talofa lava! To acknowledge #SamoaLanguageWeek in Aotearoa, we focus on the importance of immunisation for our Pacific communities.
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Head over to our story to watch the second episode in our #AUTuni 2020 Pacific Language Video series ~
We first met Kamya in 2017. She is a multitalented business graduate, #breastcancersurvivor and entrepreneur. Towards the end of her #AUTuni journey, she founded Queen Zaria, a lingerie brand for women who have undergone surgery related to breast cancer.

Now based in Melbourne, she works as a commercial pilot, is the Director of Queen Zaria and is an advocate for cancer survivors.

Watch Kamya’s journey via our #DoGreatThings highlight.

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“I would never have imagined that I would end up working for the UN or authoring a book with Simon & Schuster, but I just gave it go. I really encourage anyone reading this who has big dreams to do the same.” 💫
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Michelle Penelope King is the newly appointed Director of Inclusion at @netflix where she uses the power of storytelling to tackle inequality on a world stage 🌎🎬
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Alongside her new role Michelle published her first book this year – ‘THE FIX: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that Hold Women Back at Work’ to address the challenges all women face at work. •

Our AUT Alumni team spoke to Michelle about her accomplishments, the application of her journalism skills and advice for those looking to follow in her footsteps 🎓
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Head over to our story for the full interview ~
Sharon Lee is in her final year at #AUTuni completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies and was recently asked by Times Higher Education to provide a blog piece for their website on her experience studying during #covid19
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Read Sharon’s insightful comments on why you need to reframe your mindset via link in story ~
“I remember my photography lecturer telling me that as creatives, we are culture makers. This opened my view of what a creative could also be. As creatives, we don’t just make things that look cool; our work could be a part of someone’s culture and identity. There’s a story and ideology that we communicate in our work that people consume and becomes a part of who they are. As a designer, I should design according to my target audience’s needs rather than my own.”
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#AUTuni Bachelor of Design in Communication Design student Tola Thach recalls an eye-opening remark from his lecturer. Now in his final year of study after having first attended AUT’s Uniprep programme Tola has some advice for other students.
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• “Don’t look at your critiques as personal attacks. Instead, look at them as a learning opportunity and an area of improvement.”
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Read more from Tola via link in story 〰️