Alexandra Arenilla Cuervo

Alexandra Arenilla Cuervo

Interior Designer, We Don't Have Elephants
Master of Construction Management

She would highly recommend the Master of Construction Management to other construction industry professionals, says Alexandra Arenilla Cuervo who came to AUT as an international student from Colombia and now works for interior design and project management company We Don't Have Elephants.

“In my opinion, management is often the weakest part of the construction process, generally because those involved in construction management might not be fully prepared. That makes the Master of Construction Management a competitive degree for the construction industry.

“What I like about this programme is that it focuses on the actual construction environment, not only in New Zealand but around the world. I would definitely recommend this degree to other professionals in my industry because it will enhance your skills and help you develop your career in a better way.”

Creating great graduates
When she was deciding where to study, there were several factors that stood out about AUT, Alexandra says.

“AUT focuses on preparing students for careers that could influence not only the local environment but also global society. Additionally, the university environment is designed to cater to the different needs of students, with good spaces and technology to support the study process.”

She was impressed by the academic staff.

“The quality of the academic staff is good, and most of my lecturers have gained my respect not only as a professional but also as a person. I’ve enjoyed my classes, especially the guest lecturers who come in to give us a better understanding of the actual New Zealand construction environment.”

Advice for other students
Alexandra, who started at AUT in 2018, has some great advice for other students.

“Studying in a different language will always represent a challenge but this adversity will give you a holistic perspective on facing new challenges. AUT is open to giving you advice and support in that process. They will closely follow your process to ensure that you’re achieving your goals. I can’t think of a better place to study because of the quality of people and supportive spaces.”

Auckland is a good student city, she adds.

“Auckland is an amazing city for people like me who love different spaces to be or things to do. It’s a cosmopolitan city that will teach you more about different cultures and how to relate to different kinds of people.”

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