2nd year student, Bachelor of Business in Accounting
Deciding to study accounting was easy, says Januario Fatima Corbafo dos Reis who came to AUT as an international student from Timor-Leste, supported by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade NZ Scholarship.
“For me, accounting has been one of the most interesting subjects since high school. Balancing debit and credit accounts, journal ledgers and trial balances has always interested me. The practicality and the precise skills it offers have been my biggest motivation to pursue this area of study.
“Before coming to AUT, I worked as a junior national public financial management advisor in the planning and monitoring unit in the Prime Minister’s Office in Dili, Timor-Leste. I realised that accounting is one of the main skills our government needs to effectively, efficiently and transparently manage public money to achieve its goals. I also believe that accounting knowledge is important to economic growth and economic development in my country.”
Expecting to complete his degree in 2022, Januario already has a clear idea what he would like to do next.
“After graduating, my main target is to use the skills and knowledge I’ve gained to serve in a government agency to contribute to enhancing Timor-Leste’s public financial management system. I also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of working in a private accounting firm or as an accountant at a not-for-profit organisation in Timor-Leste.”
Suported to thrive
Now in the second year of his studies, Januario is enjoying his time at university.
“I’m doing what I’m passionate about, and am learning in a very supportive and multicultural study environment. The delivery of the lectures and workshop is encouraging and engaging, and motivates me to study. Every week, in addition to the relevant textbook chapter, our lecturer provides us with other relevant materials, including journal articles, YouTube videos and news related to the weekly material. All of these materials provide students with a lot of insight into the subject.
“I enjoy that we can have an open discussion about the subject and exchange ideas, which I find very helpful and motivating. The assignment design is based on actual business practice in New Zealand business organisation, and therefore requires us to think critically and apply the theory we’ve learnt. I find this method very engaging and interesting.”
He has appreciated the support available throughout his studies, Januario says.
“As English is my second language, it can be challenging to write assignments and properly express my ideas. However, AUT has a range of support I can rely on to overcome this challenge. With the help of AUT library workshops and assessment advice, the Studiosity service, peer mentor support, the Employability Lab and support for international scholarship students, I can overcome this challenge. The lecturers and teaching assistants have also been very helpful. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, AUT has still managed to provide me with support through online sessions. I’m very grateful for all this support.”
He would like to encourage other international students, especially those from Timor-Leste, to come to AUT, Januario says.
“AUT has a lot of study opportunities to offer. As an international student, it’s best to take advantage of all the services and modern facilities AUT has, which we might not find in our country. AUT also has a diverse and multicultural student community, which makes studying at AUT unique as you can meet new people and experience different cultures.”
He would highly recommend AUT’s Bachelor of Business to others who want to pursue a career in business.
“The business degree covers a range of subjects for students to choose based on their interests. For example, I chose accounting as my major and data analytics as my minor. Therefore, besides accounting knowledge, I’m also learning how to collect, store and manage data for analysis. I’m also enjoying the core business courses this degree offers, which provide an overview of how businesses operate and develop.”