3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution
Studying conflict resolution equips you with skills for a wide range of careers, says Maria Hammargren who is in the final year of her Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution.
“I chose to study conflict resolution because it looked interesting and covered skills that would be useful no matter where in the world I decided to work or what job I’d be in.”
The right fit
Originally from Sweden, Maria found that living in New Zealand and studying at AUT was the right fit for her.
“I really enjoy studying at AUT, and I like the professors, the university and the papers. The academics are knowledgeable and engaged, and make study interesting.”
She enjoys the fact that AUT provides great facilities for study and that students can get one-on-one help with assignments, Maria says.
“I love the opportunity to work with likeminded students in pairs or bigger teams, which helps me develop my skills for teamwork and conflict resolution.”
Valuable international experience
Maria furthered her international experience last year by going on an exchange to Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and really enjoyed the experience.
“The AUT exchange office helped me a lot when I made the decision to go and made the process very easy. I went on a student exchange to Ryerson University in Toronto, a great opportunity to discover a new country and a new culture. Although not too different from the culture in New Zealand and Sweden, it was a great experience and I learned a lot. I met other international students from many parts of the world and they are some of my best friends today.
“I would definitely recommend the exchange programme to everyone who is interested in learning more about themselves and about others. It might be scary at first – it’s a big decision and you might move far away from home, but once you’re there and have settled you’ll get memories and friends for life.”
In the future, Maria hopes to work in international relations with large organisations like the UN, focusing on mediation and negotiation.