People and Culture Graduate, Auckland Council
Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations & Economics
She has always been committed to helping others, says business alumna Dannielle Aldworth who now works in Auckland Council’s people and culture team.
“I decided to study human resource management to be able to develop people, help them thrive and create an inclusive culture in any place I worked. At first I wasn’t sure which university I wanted to attend as I had received scholarships for three different universities, but once I had researched what I wanted in a university, I realised that AUT ticked all the boxes.
“I wanted a university that was supportive and cared about its students, and AUT instantly stood out to me. I also loved that AUT had small class sizes, gave students the opportunity to gain workplace experience at the end of their degree and offered many opportunities outside of the curriculum, which results in AUT alumni graduating with more than just degrees. I know I’ve made the right call choosing AUT.”
Highlights and achievements
There were plenty of highlights throughout her time at AUT, says Dannielle whose studies were supported by an AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Significant Student Scholarship.
“Some of the achievements I’m particularly proud of include being inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma society, being on the dean’s honour roll in both 2019 and 2019, and being named the top Bachelor of Business student in 2019. Another highlight was working as a teaching assistant for economics. It was an absolute blast trying to help first-year students with their assessments and preparing them for their exams.”
Her greatest highlight however was being selected to speak at the 2019 summer graduation.
“This felt like the perfect way to finish my time at AUT and there’s no experience quite like speaking in front of thousands of people! I remember finishing my speech, looking down at my fellow graduates and I could see on their faces that my speech really resonated with them and I felt that I had done them proud – which was exactly what I had hoped for.”
Life at Auckland Council
After graduating from AUT in 2019, Dannielle now enjoys being part of the graduate programme at Auckland Council.
“I love that no day is the same! I’m really fortunate that the graduate programme allows me to rotate every six months into a different department within our people and culture team. So far, I’ve worked in the people advisor team, which handles all general HR queries from the business and now I’m in the business partnering team, which deals with the more strategic aspects of HR and works across a range of projects.
“There are always different projects, problems and opportunities popping up that are interesting and challenging. I can wholeheartedly say that I love my job. I also couldn’t speak highly enough of the people at Auckland Council – throughout my time here, everyone has been willing to take the time to give feedback, help me grow and explain the process. It’s so humbling to see how hard people here work for Auckland.”
Being selected for Auckland Council’s graduate programme is an achievement Dannielle is proud of.
“There are hundreds of applications to Auckland Council’s graduate programme and by being selected I felt that all of my hard work at AUT and raising my hand for everything really paid off. I’m proud of the incredible feedback I’ve received from my peers at Auckland Council. It’s really reassuring as a graduate to know that I’m on track and making my team proud.”