Final-year student, Bachelor of Business in Finance and Economics
Choosing finance was a no-brainer for her, says Kayla Czar who is currently completing her Bachelor of Business and expects to finish a Bachelor of Business (Honours) by the end of 2019.
“Throughout school I was strong at maths, and the world of business always sparked an interest in me. I love the idea of looking forward instead of backwards, which is what finance does, whether you’re predicting stocks, forecasting cash flows or budgeting towards a goal.
“Straight after AUT, I would love to be a financial analyst, analysing the markets and stocks. Beyond that, I would love to get to the other side of the world, making it in one of the biggest overseas banks.”
The right decision
The AUT community makes everyone feel comfortable and accepted, Kayla says.
“I’m so glad I chose AUT. So far I think it’s the best decision I’ve made in my life. The highlights for me have included being able to grab some amazing opportunities and overcome some challenges, and of course all the people I’ve met along the way.
“I received the Business Undergraduate International Exchange Scholarship, which helped fund my student exchange to Canada. I’ve been admitted to the dean’s honours roll twice, and have represented AUT’s Management Consulting Club internationally in competitions. I’ve also landed a graduate summer internship at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, which I wouldn’t have been able to get without AUT’s support.”
The last three years at AUT have been some of the best of her life so far, Kayla says, and she is looking forward to more great experiences in her Bachelor of Business (Honours) next year.
“I believe postgraduate studies will give me the edge I need when competing for jobs. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be exposed to the research conducted at AUT by becoming a research assistant after my first year. The research I’ve been a part of has brought to light some serious issues surrounding finance in New Zealand, which has motivated me to conduct research of my own.”
Advice for other students
Kayla has some great advice for other students.
“My advice for other students is to always do what you’re afraid to do and never let fear be the reason for a missed opportunity. Have no regrets. Find balance. Back yourself. And lastly, network, network, network right from the get-go. This will be one of the biggest tools you can draw from far into the future.”
Don’t worry too much if you don’t know anyone when you start at AUT, she adds.
“One of the biggest challenges I faced was coming to AUT knowing absolutely no one. What got me through was realising that most other people were in the same position as me. After my first day at AUT I had made lifelong friends, and a couple of years down the track I now have numerous groups of friends and wonder why I thought that making friends at AUT was ever a challenge.”