Laura-Ann Martens

Laura-Ann Martens

Junior Analyst and Research Intern, Zolfo Cooper, New York
Bachelor of Business in Finance and Economics


The chance to get valuable workplace experience as part of her degree was a key reason she chose to study at AUT, says business alumna Laura-Ann Martens.

“The workplace experience in the final year of the Bachelor of Business was a big part of my decision to choose AUT. It provides you with a foot in the door of leading business organisations before you’ve even finished your degree, and gives you crucial contacts for your future career.

“I was offered a nine-week placement at BNZ for my final-year workplace experience. When working full-time in a professional environment you learn about yourself and how to portray yourself in the corporate world. The amount of high-achieving people you have the opportunity to meet is incredible if you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone and approach them.”

Highlights and opportunities
Her workplace experience was just one of the many highlights of her time at AUT, Laura-Ann says.

“My highlights were definitely the different experiences AUT offers – from my workplace experience to spending a semester on student exchange in Germany. I never felt like a number at AUT, and always knew I could get help if I needed. The support services also really helped me, including the workshops on CV building and Microsoft office.”

After graduating at the end of last year, Laura-Ann is now interning at high-profile finance company Zolfo Cooper in New York. She got this sought-after internship through the AUT Internz International Scholarship Programme.

“As a junior analyst and research intern, I’m helping out the research manager, analysing and looking into companies that are showing signs of distress. I’m also building models in order to analyse a company’s financial position.”

The journey to success
Like many high school students she wasn’t entirely sure what to do after school, Laura-Ann admits.

“I came out of high school unsure of what I wanted to do. At first, I thought I was going to become a pilot or an engineer. I then decided to do a business degree because everything is built on some sort of business, and I could see business skills would be advantageous anywhere in life.”

AUT helps you grow into a person you never thought you’d become, says Laura-Ann.

“Here I am three years after school – I’ve completed my business degree, I’ve lived in Germany for a semester, interned at one of New Zealand’s top banks, and am now working in a top restructuring finance company in New York City. My advice to other students is to enjoy the experience AUT has to offer – you never know where it’ll lead.”

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.37pm

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