Ashley Squire

Ashley Squire

Events Coordinator, Hilton Auckland
Bachelor of International Hospitality Management in Event Management and Marketing

The focus on creating career-ready graduates is what sets AUT apart, says Ashley Squire who completed a Bachelor of International Hospitality Management in Event Management and Marketing.

“AUT has an excellent reputation for preparing its students to be career-ready when they graduate. I also liked that the degree included workplace experience in the final year.

“I completed my workplace experience at Markovina Vineyard Estate in Kumeu. I assisted the company owner with the redesign of the Markovina Estate website; their primary marketing tool for the wedding and corporate event market. Being mentored by an experienced industry leader gave me a sound understanding of how a business operates.”

A passion for hospitality and events
She has always been interested in hospitality and events, Ashley says.

“I chose the Bachelor of International Hospitality Management because I’ve always had a passion for hospitality and events. I knew this educational path would give me the skills and knowledge to combine my passions into a successful future career.”

After graduating in 2017, Ashley is now an events coordinator at the Hilton Auckland.

“I’ve always wanted to be involved in the events industry, with a strong focus on boutique weddings and events. In my role now, I get to work on the wide range of weddings and events taking place at the Hilton Auckland.”

The skills to succeed
She would highly recommend the Bachelor of International Hospitality Management, Ashley says.

“I really enjoyed my time at AUT. The facilities are excellent and the lecturers are very knowledgeable. Many of them have worked in a variety of related industries and roles, and have a deep understanding of what is needed to be successful. This makes for a really positive and practical learning environment.”

The skills you develop are also relevant for a range of careers outside of hospitality, says Ashley.

“The Bachelor of International Hospitality Mangement not only focuses on hospitality, but also covers skills that are applicable across a broad spectrum of other industries. For example, the papers cover human resources, strategic business management, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, and food and beverage management. All of these are highly relevant to many other career pathways.”