Knowledge Specialist Intern, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Vancouver, Canada
Bachelor of Business in International Business and Strategy & Management
There’s always a business aspect to every job and every industry, says Alex Mackenzie who came to AUT to study a Bachelor of Business.
“I chose to study a business degree because I thought about the variety of skills I could obtain, which I could then apply to a wide range of careers.”
Deciding to study at AUT was an easy decision for Alex.
“I chose AUT because it’s a forward-thinking university. I liked that the learning style is reflective of the real world. Being able to have a mix of both lecture style and classroom style, and doing both individual and group projects, reflected what life would be like in a job outside of uni. I liked that AUT was friendly and inclusive, and encouraged me to have my own opinions and debate with others.”
Experiencing life in Canada
After graduating from AUT at the end of 2019, Alex is now living and working in Vancouver, Canada, where she is interning at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). She got the sought-after internship through the AUT Internz programme.
“Being able to have overseas work experience at such a young age was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Having majored in international business, interning with NZTE was my ideal role. Being able to apply what I studied at uni and getting to learn more about international business while getting to live overseas was something I always dreamt of.”
Alex first spent six weeks at NZTE’s Wellington office before heading to Vancouver; an opportunity for her to work on a variety of tasks.
“I create different content for our information – this varies from video editing to creating infographics. I’m currently researching the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is the first free trade agreement between New Zealand and Canada.
“I really love the company culture. The people I work with are amazing and make work enjoyable. I love being able to meet and connect with Kiwi businesses and hear about their business journeys. I’m really enjoying all that I’m learning from my colleagues and our customers.”
Advice for other students
Alex’s advice for other students is simple: say yes to any opportunities that come up.
“My advice would be to seek out new opportunities. It can be frightening at the time, but you will gain so much from it.
“For example, I loved being part of the AUT Management Consulting Club and being able to develop my capabilities and represent AUT. A highlight would be being part of the winning team at my first SDS case competition against other New Zealand universities.”
Never give up, she adds.
“There will be times when university will challenge you, and in more ways than one, but push through – it does get better.”