Inthavath Douangta

Inthavath Douangta

Master of Global Business student
Graduate Diploma in Business

The Master of Global Business is perfect for anyone who wants to be proficient in global affairs and navigating business ideas in different markets, says Inthavath Douangta who came to AUT as an international student from Laos, supported by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade NZ Scholarship.

“I like that the Master of Global Business doesn’t just cover how global business works, but also gives me the opportunity to develop other skills relevant to managing an international business, including marketing, global supply chain management and managing people.

“Throughout my studies I’ve had many moments that have inspired me and I’ve obtained different business ideas I’d like to explore in future. However, the biggest ignition I’ve received is self-discovery and finding my passion for trading and investing in local products. This has made me feel empowered.”

He already has a good idea how he sees his future after graduating from AUT.

“When I finish my studies, I plan to go back to my home country Laos and apply for a job at the World Bank or the United Nations where I’ve previously worked. I also plan to continue exploring my future business ideas, which could potentially involve an international marketing, investment and trading company.”

An easy decision
Coming to AUT for his studies was an easy decision for Inthavath, who completed a Graduate Diploma in Business before enrolling in the Master of Global Business.

“I chose to study at AUT because AUT is known for having one of the best student support systems, meaning I can confidently get help, whether it’s related to academic, health or wellbeing support. I could also see that AUT is a university with a significant number of academic staff who are ready to transfer their years of cultivated knowledge to me. I also appreciated that AUT is located in the heart of Auckland, the biggest city in New Zealand, where the opportunities lie.”

The in-class experience is what Inthavath is enjoying most about studying business at AUT.

“Being in a workshop is my favourite moment because that is when I get to apply what I’ve learnt to real-life events that are currently happening. The classes at AUT are highly interactive and informative, which has helped me become more confident in public speaking. I also appreciate that AUT is dedicated to making online learning as interactive as the on-campus classes.”

Advice for other students
Inthavath, who expects to complete his Master of Global Business in 2022, has some great advice for other students.

“My advice for other students would be to enjoy the moment. Appreciate even small achievements, like when you’re feeling victorious after summiting an assignment. That will be the source of your energy and motivation. Next, plan your time well and fully commit to plans. You’ll thank yourself later. Don’t forget to access all the tools AUT provides. Lastly, be the star of your own story and write it however you want to tell it.”

There’s plenty of help to support your studies, he adds.

“For me, the biggest challenge was writing assignments and learning to effectively get my message across. I’ve overcome these challenges by contacting the lecturers and academic staff if I needed more clarity and advice. The staff have always been very helpful. AUT itself also has an abundance of support tools all students can access. I’ve attended various workshops on academic writing and referencing, which helped me become a better writer. The AUT Library website has been also crucial to my learning.”

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