Customer Service Consultant, Existing Business Team, AIA
Bachelor of International Hospitality Management in Accommodation and Event Management
Angelina Stefani’s dream was to manage a hotel one day, so she chose to study a degree that immerses her into everything involved in accommodation and event management.
“AUT is famous for its hospitality degree. You also get a lot of support from the university and the courses are relevant for real-life work.
“The university is very flexible. When I first came to AUT, I enrolled in the Accommodation major but soon realised that I could benefit from studying two majors. Fortunately, AUT made it easy for me to add a second major.”
Creating world-ready graduates
Angelina says the workplace experience that is part of her AUT degree was a wonderful opportunity to gain some real-life experience before graduating.
“I was doing my workplace experience at Thyme Restaurant at the Spencer on Byron in Takapuna. I was working as the food and beverage attendant. Because the restaurant is part of the hotel, this experience gave me relevant knowledge for my future career.”
Angelina, who came to AUT from Indonesia, found the experience essential to her learning.
“Being able to work part-time in a role related to your choice of study was advantageous. And it all helps you get closer to your dream job.”
Advice for other students
Her advice to future students is simple – enjoy yourself.
“What I’ve enjoyed most about studying at AUT was meeting people and making friends. Enjoy and cherish the time you have at university, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
A hospitality degree can be useful for a wide range of roles, says Angelina who is now a consultant at AIA.
“My hospitality background has helped me a lot in this role, especially when I’m communicating with customers. I’m mainly dealing with existing customers wanting to update details for their insurance policy, and I enjoy helping clients with their enquiries and meeting new people from this well-known organisation.”