Toby Games

Toby Games

Restaurant Development Consultant
Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language

A personal interest in Chinese language and culture drew Toby Games to AUT’s Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language. As part of his degree he spent six months in China on a student exchange programme, and says the experience was life-changing.

“The Bachelor of Arts degree suited me well, and the facilities at AUT are excellent. The highlight of my studies was going on a student exchange to Jinan University in China in my second year at AUT,” says the AUT alumnus.

Workplace experience
Workplace experience is part of most AUT degrees, and it was this that helped Toby get a foot in the door when it came to starting his career.

“For my third-year workplace experience, I worked for a restaurant company that has operations in New Zealand and China.

“I learned about trading rules and regulations, and was sent to Shanghai for three weeks to give their restaurant a New Zealand makeover. This experience opened doors for me and I made valuable contacts.”

An exciting career
After graduating from AUT at the end of last year, Toby currently works as a restaurant development consultant.

His role involves expanding the restaurant model he set up in Shanghai during his workplace experience to other cities in China.

“I enjoy meeting new people, practising and improving my Mandarin, and I love the challenge of working in an entirely different culture and getting things done in China.”

Solid advice
Learning a language takes time and practice, he says, and the challenge of a different alphabet and culture can be daunting.

Toby, who was a prize-winner in the Confucius Institute Chinese speaking competition while he was studying at AUT, says he is proof that you can succeed.

“Focus on one semester at a time, and know that slow and steady wins the race.”