Taylor Marston

Taylor Marston

Postgraduate Certificate in Business Studies student
Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language

He was drawn to Asian culture from a young age, says AUT Bachelor of Arts alumnus Taylor Marston.

“I had always dreamed of working in Asia, and started to teach myself Japanese and Chinese when I was in secondary school. However, I found myself more attached to the Japanese language, so I decided to enrol in the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language at AUT.”

Taylor says he chose AUT for its immersive and practical approach to learning a language

“AUT’s course is more hands-on and practical, as opposed to theory-based. I also loved being able to get involved in so many things by doing my degree – I taught as a student mentor at an Auckland high school, I was leader of the Japanese club at AUT, and I was the MC for several events over the course of my degree.”

Highlights of AUT life
There were many highlights throughout Taylor’s study, including a one-year exchange to Japan, which provided him with an incredible learning and cultural experience.

“The exchange to Sapporo was a life-changing experience for me, and wouldn’t have been possible without the international exchange programme at AUT.”

His final-year workplace experience also enhanced his experience of university live, Taylor says.

“For my workplace experience, I worked for a company over a period of four months. I gained a range of experience in business management, economics, and business strategies – skills that are completely new to my area of study.”

Ongoing success
Taylor was twice awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and also received a study grant from the Asia New Zealand Foundation to support his time on student exchange. He came second in the JSANZ national university level Japanese speech contest, and won the international prize from Technos College in Tokyo.

He says his success is down to simple perseverance, and plans to continue on to postgraduate study as well as more time in Japan.

“I will be leaving for Japan in early September to commence a one-year research project in Kobe, which has been funded by Education New Zealand. In the meantime, I have enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate in Business Studies at AUT.

“My advice for other students is to make the most of what AUT has to offer you. Throw yourself at every single opportunity available to you, because one of those opportunities could be just what you need to get your foot in the door.”