Aquaculture Technician, Manāki Premium New Zealand Whitebait
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology
He has always been interested in the ocean and marine life, says Jeremy Li who came to AUT as an international student from China to study a Bachelor of Science.
“When I was in primary school I became interested in the different species of fish that live in the ocean. After I finished my high school in China, my parents decided to send me abroad, and they let me choose the university and the degree I wanted to study. Marine biology was my first choice.
“I decided to study at AUT because it is well-known as one of the fastest growing universities in New Zealand and is known for connecting students with employers by providing lots of opportunities to intern or volunteer.”
More than textbook knowledge
The field trips were the highlights of his studies, says Jeremy.
“One of my greatest experiences at AUT was the paper Pacific Island Coastal Ecology. As part of this paper we all went to the Solomon Islands for three weeks to study the relationship between the coral reef and the rainforest.
“This was one of the best experiences in my life. I got to dive and snorkel on the coral reef every day, identified different fish and examined the state of the coral reef. If you decide to study marine biology at AUT and you’re passionate about coral reef and fish, this is the paper I strongly recommend taking.”
He would highly recommend the Bachelor of Science, Jeremy says.
“By studying science at AUT you’ll have lots of opportunities to work in laboratories and go on field trips. I would definitely recommend this programme because you don’t just learn from the textbook but can investigate marine life in almost every paper.”
Advice for other students
Make the most of the opportunities to meet potential employers, Jeremy advises.
“Don’t miss any opportunity to gain work experiences and develop your social network while you’re studying. Internships and volunteering are great ways to meet potential employers.
“In your last year, I strongly recommend that you take the research project paper. In this paper, you need to choose a topic you’re interested in or that is related to the career that you want to be involved in. This could impress your future employer after you graduate.”
Jeremy’s hard work paid off and he joined Manāki Premium New Zealand Whitebait when he graduated.
“I was lucky enough to have been offered a role at Manāki Premium New Zealand Whitebait, the first whitebait farm in New Zealand. My job title is aquaculture technician and I’m responsible for taking care of the most unique and rare fish, the giant kokopu.”