3rd-year student, Bachelor of Business in Finance
Business is at the core of our society and communities, says Flavia Silva who is currently completing a Bachelor of Business in Finance, with a minor in Sustainable Enterprise.
“Finance dictates business, and I think the future of business is in sustainable enterprises. The combination of these two disciplines seemed natural for me, despite the puzzled looks I sometimes get when I explain what I’m studying.
“My dream job would involve a combination of these two areas, such as facilitating micro-lending to social enterprises or socially responsible investing. I would really love to be involved in using financial tools to solve some of the most pressing social and environmental issues our society faces today.”
A fresh start
She appreciates the support she has received as an adult student, says Flavia who is originally from Uruguay, and previously worked in the travel and tourism industry.
“I had an eight-year gap between high school and university, but through the workshops provided by the Library I had all the support needed to get back into the groove of academic writing and learning the referencing style. Being able to attend evening classes for many of my papers also meant that I could easily coordinate working part-time and attending lectures.
“Having workplace experience as part of my AUT degree was very attractive to me as an adult student starting a new career. I thought that was just brilliant, as I get the opportunity to graduate not only with a degree, but also relevant experience in my field of study.”
Flavia says she would highly recommend the Bachelor of Business to other students.
“I’ve had a wonderful journey studying with AUT, and I think AUT has provided a great learning environment with little study nooks throughout the campus. I’ve also really enjoyed AUT’s practical mindset. Attending lectures and then going to a workshop to apply the theory from the lectures has been incredibly beneficial for my learning, and I’m proud of making the dean’s honour roll for my grades for the past two years.”
Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her degree, Flavia has some great advice for other students.
“As cliché as it may sound, attend lectures and workshops, apply yourself and take the support provided. Library workshops are very useful to get up-to-date on the standard of writing and referencing that is expected of you. Peer mentoring sessions are a real lifesaver if you need a little support, and motivation.”
She also recommends reading Debate, the magazine for AUT students; produced by AUT students.
“It’s funny, light-hearted and insightful, touching on student-relevant content. I get a real kick out of reading it every month.”