CEO & Founder, Stay Connected Ltd / Owner, Bag a Bean Ltd
Master of Arts in Māori Development student
Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development and Social Sciences
AUT’s reputation for strong student support attracted her, says Māori development alumna Jamie Lee Raumati.
“I had heard from whānau and friends that AUT has a really good support network, especially at Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development. The vibe at AUT is amazing and you feel like you can achieve anything.”
A highpoint of her studies was being able to support other students, Jamie says.
“My highlight at AUT was supporting other Māori students as a tāura kaiwhatu, Māori learning mentor. I love helping my people because I know with a little support and a nudge in the right direction they can achieve anything they set their minds to.”
The confidence to succeed
Jamie now splits her time between running her two businesses, Bag a Bean Ltd which hires out bean bags to every event imaginable, and Stay Connected Ltd, which works with businesses to support women in New Zealand in achieving their goals and aspirations.
“Through a lot of hard work, I was fortunate to have been able to take my passion, life experience and education, and turn them into successful businesses. I love creating employment opportunities and helping ladies all around New Zealand achieve their goals, dreams and life aspirations.”
Her studies have prepared her well for her career now, Jamie says.
“Before I started at AUT, I had a fear of speaking in front of an audience. Now I constantly present my businesses to big organisations. Thank you AUT for teaching me how to stand and speak confidently in public.”
Advice for other students
Remember that you’re in charge of your future, Jamie advises other students.
“Have a goal and a plan, then execute your goals by proactively taking charge of your future.”
Never give up, she adds.
“When times get tough, just remember that this is only temporary.”