Programme Assistant, Living Without Violence Programme, Friendship House
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
Her final-year workplace experience opened the door to a rewarding career, says AUT alumna Mata Moeka’a who now helps to run Friendship House’s Living Without Violence Programme.
“As a Bachelor of Arts student you complete workplace experience in your final year, a chance to use all the knowledge you’ve gained over the three years of your degree and put those theories into practice. I did my work placement at Friendship House, where I now work.
“During my workplace experience, I was part of the business management team. I sat with everyone who worked here and got a glimpse of their journey before Friendship House, what they do in the organisation and how it benefits people. I loved working alongside them and understanding how they help people in the community,” she says.
In her role now Mata is responsible for providing support for Friendship House’s Living Without Violence Programme.
“My responsibilities include providing excellent internal and external customer service, completing documentation in compliance with contracts, and assisting with court, lawyer and client queries. I also assist with the management and co-ordination appointments.”
The people are what she loves most about her work, says Mata.
“I enjoy meeting different people within the community and I love spending time with the people I work with.”
Friends and support
Her advice to future AUT students is to make the most of the support services on offer.
“Use all the help that is offered and don’t be afraid to ask; it isn’t going to be frowned upon. If you’re willing to put in the hard yards, your lecturers will be more than happy to help you out as much as they possibly can.”
University is a great place to make friends, says Mata.
“For me, the most memorable thing about my time at AUT was meeting people and making great friends. I also loved the different activities that happened on campus. Everywhere I went there was always something happening.”
“We employed Mata as we needed someone who could provide assistance to three different areas of Friendship House. We were looking for someone who was versatile and able to relate to many different types of people. During Mata’s workplace experience with us we were impressed by her positive attitude, high quality of work and her ability to relate well to both staff and visitors. An important factor in working in this industry is being able to keep an open mind to new opportunities and experiences. Mata’s qualification adds value to her role and our business because she is trained to be organised, disciplined, thorough and willing to learn new things.”
George Gin, Business Manager, Friendship House
Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.44pm
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