Graduate Consultant, Risk Advisory Team, Deloitte NZ
Bachelor of Business in Management
What he enjoyed most about his studies at AUT was being valued as an individual, says Alexander Cordts who came to AUT as an international student from Germany.
“Not just being a number was amazing and not standard for a university of this size. I’d recommend the Bachelor of Business to anybody who wants to personalise their studies as the programme is super flexible, and students can get a lot of support from AUT. For me, the opportunity to learn a third language while studying was one of the highlights. It’s great that you can try various areas in your first semester and then specialise in one or two areas during the other five semesters.
“I also wanted to become part of the student experience for other students during their time at university. AUT offers great opportunities to achieve that. I was a student ambassador, a student representative for business, economics and law students in 2020, and an ‘R U OK advisor’. These are great ways to get to know many new people and make great friends for life.”
After completing his studies at the end of 2021, he has now joined Deloitte NZ as a graduate consultant within its risk advisory team.
“I’ve been very fortunate as I began a new job two weeks after finishing my studies. We support our clients with various areas of risk management, from IT risks and financial risks to health and safety risks. Since I started with them, I got to take over responsibilities for my own parts of certain projects and was able to establish relationships with clients already.”
From online to back on campus
With the havoc caused by COVID-19 in 2020, Alexander unexpectedly found himself back in Germany trying to continue his AUT studies online. While he is grateful to have been able to study from the other side of the world, he jumped at the chance to return to New Zealand and AUT in 2021.
“Online study just can’t be compared to studying on campus and being surrounded by friends and fellow students. AUT provided me with all the information I needed for a successful return to Auckland, including accommodation offers, very detailed information about the application process for my new student visa, and great pastoral care. This included calls and emails about my wellbeing, and lessons to practise my English with other students who also recently returned to New Zealand.”
He has some great advice for other international students thinking about returning to AUT to finish their studies.
“You should plan at least one semester ahead and allow yourself enough time to plan everything. Returning includes challenges that can be handled best through communicating with AUT.
“Don’t be afraid if you have two weeks of quarantine when you come back to New Zealand – it’s like two weeks of holiday and relaxation. Try to go for walks as much as possible. Maintain a daily routine. Enjoy it and use it to wind down before the semester becomes very busy again. Use the time to reconnect with friends from New Zealand online and make plans for after your quarantine stay. If you need any support, reach out to AUT.”
Life in student accommodation
Coming back to AUT to finish his studies also had another advantage for Alexander – he got to enjoy living in AUT’s brand new Te Āhuru Mayoral Drive Student Accommodation.
“I previously lived in AUT’s Wellesley Street Apartments, and what I liked most about Te Āhuru Mayoral Drive Student Accommodation was the ability to live by myself in my own studio apartment. It was nice to have the fridge to myself; it was always a struggle to share it with four others in my old student apartment.”
He also enjoyed the many social activities on offer for residents in the accommodation complex.
“The social activities are the best way to get to know people living in the building and on your floor. These activities make it easy to find friends and meet people who might be studying the same degree as you, which can help you as you could study together.”