Meet AUT’s Employability and Careers team

Our great team of employability and career specialists has a wide range of experience and skills in career counselling, recruitment and industry, along with a genuine interest in supporting AUT students in developing strong employability skills and thoughtful career decision making.

As an AUT student you can visit us at our home base on the AUT City Campus; the Employability Lab (WA202) where we offer workshops and one-to-one career appointments. We also provide these services to students online.

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Anna Williams
Director of Employability and Recreation

Driving the leadership and strategic direction of the student experience for employability, sports development and recreation programmes university wide is a major part of Anna’s role. Anna, who has been employed at AUT for over 10 years, has extensive experience in recruitment, leadership and project management in New Zealand. She is passionate about continuous improvement, talent management and providing superb customer service and excellence in delivery.


Melanie Holland
Employability and Career Specialist

Encouraging optimism and empowering students to make career decisions that lead to enjoyable and fulfilling careers is what Melanie loves about her role at AUT. An experienced career counsellor, teacher and lecturer, Melanie has helped multiple tertiary and secondary students with their career decisions as well as run her own careers practice. She is a professional member of National Career Development Association (NCDA), and her qualifications include career development, teaching, coaching and leadership.


Naufa Abdul Sattar
Employability and Career Specialist

Naufa is passionate about the AUT student and graduate journey, and about helping students realise their potential and achieve their career goals. An AUT international alumna, originally from the Maldives, Naufa worked in healthcare recruitment for six years before returning to AUT to join the AUT Employability and Careers team. She is a psychology graduate, is now studying toward her Graduate Certificate in Career Development and is a student member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ).


Diana Bilbrough
Employability and Career Specialist

Diana has recently come to AUT from a commercial recruitment management background in one of New Zealand's largest global companies. She enjoys using her 20 plus years’ experience in recruitment, training, HR and coaching to help students prepare for the current job market. Her university aged children help her understand the complexities of studying and working, as well as making career and employability decisions. Diana’s qualifications include a Graduate Certificate in Career Development and many professional development courses.


Emma Spires
Employability and Career Specialist

With a background in the recruitment industry, and employability and careers, Emma says she loves providing students with insights into what employers are looking for and how to become as employable as possible. Emma is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ), and her qualifications include the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® and AUT’s Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Career Counselling).


Horowai Broederlow
Awards Employability Specialist

As someone who likes making a difference for people, Horowai finds it very satisfying helping students develop interpersonal and leadership skills through undertaking the AUT Edge Award or Beyond AUT Award. A recent AUT HR and international business graduate, Horowai has experience in frontline community work, helping with financial assistance, upskilling and employment. She is loving her job’s focus on tertiary students’ practical skills and career development.

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Rachael Marsters
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Employability Relationship Manager

Rachael Marsters is passionate about students accessing great opportunities and building strong industry relationships. Leveraging her extensive background in account management, Rachael works closely with organisations to understand their recruitment goals and strategise the most effective ways to connect with AUT students through the various opportunities across the university.  She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE).

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Shu Wang
Employability Relationship Manager

Shu is deeply committed to bridging the gap between students and industry. With a background that spans professional services, the public sector, and international development, she brings a wealth of experience to her role as an industry relationship manager.

Shu, who came to Aotearoa as an international student from China, relates strongly to international students’ experiences, and enjoys facilitating connections and partnerships to help empower the next generation of graduate professionals.


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Anna Hancock
Employability Relationship Manager

Anna is motivated by a passion for connecting people in the tertiary space and creating opportunities for students to engage with industry. Originally from the UK, Anna brings a wealth of experience in business development and recruitment across multiple sectors, enabling her to support students exploring the world of employment and making the first exciting step in their career. She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE).

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Angela McCarthy
Employability and Career Writer

For Angela, interviewing and writing about the career journeys of inspiring AUT students and alumni for AUT’s employability blog and career sheets is the best of jobs – along with coaching AUT Edge Award students. Angela has experience in career counselling, freelance writing and running a number of small businesses. Her qualifications include AUT’s Graduate Certificate in Career Development and Graduate Diploma in Journalism. She is an affiliate member of the Career Development Association of NZ (CDANZ).


Contact us

WA202 Employability Lab Entrance

Drop into the Employability Lab or email us:

Locations on campus

Visit us at the Employability Lab at the City Campus in WA202.

We're also available at our other campuses by appointment only. Book at Elab Online

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