Fatumata Bah

Fatumata Bah

4th-year student, Bachelor of Business in Management and Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology conjoint programmes

There’s no doubt that Fatumata Bah is already a woman of influence.

She is a passionate supporter of Oxfam, Amnesty International and other human rights organisations, and an active member of AUT’s African Students’ Club and the African Youth Forum. She has received the Zonta Club Young Women in Public Affairs Award and was a finalist at the 2016 Westpac Women of Influence Awards.

She also got to share her passion for diversity and ethnic communities with the world.

“In 2016, I was lucky enough to be selected to represent New Zealand at the 33Sixty Young Leaders Programme in Glasgow in Scotland, along with 99 other young leaders from across Commonwealth Nations. That was an amazing opportunity.”

Valuable networking opportunities
Make the most of all the opportunities AUT offers, says Fatumata who is studying management and psychology, supported by a Sir Robert Jones Scholarship.

“Outside of lectures there are so many exciting opportunities for students to enhance their employability and pursue their goals. My highlights would be all of the amazing events – from the 2016 Leadership New Zealand Dinner with a Difference to the Employability Speaker Series where industry experts share their perspective with AUT students.

“The AUT Shadow a Leader day was also another amazing opportunity. You learn a lot from being a part of the conversations and putting yourself out there.”

You never know where an opportunity may lead in the future, she adds.

“In 2017 had the privilege to be selected as one of two business students to address 300 business leaders at the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards. It was very nerve-wracking, but the networking opportunity ultimately led to my workplace experience with Counties Manukau District Health Board at Middlemore Hospital, which is amazing.”

Sharing her knowledge
She loves sharing her experiences with the next generation of AUT students.

“As part of AUT’s Student Experience Team, I get to pass my knowledge on to students who are in their first year at AUT. I’m truly grateful to be a part of this team of senior students; an opportunity that was a direct result of my involvement in other activities across AUT.”

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, Fatumata advises other students.

“There’s such a comprehensive range of support services to ensure students’ academic success and general wellbeing while they’re at AUT. I’m incredibly thankful for all the support and opportunities AUT has given me.”