Kimihia Parata

Kimihia Parata

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Business in Management & Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

Ngāti Porou, Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Whātua

She has always wanted to pursue an entrepreneurial and business career, says Kimihia Parata who is now in her third year of a Bachelor of Business.

“When I was in high school, I was taking business as a subject and developed a real passion for this area. That’s why I applied for the business degree at AUT.

“Once I graduate, I would like to work in a managerial position in a company and eventually, further in the future, I would love to be the CEO of my own business. Studying business will also help me go home, back to the East Coast, and help my iwi, hapū and community.”

Current and diverse
She would recommend the Bachelor of Business to others who have an interest in the business field, says Kimihia who received an AUT New Horizons Scholarship to support her studies.

“I’ve enjoyed being more independent about my studies, meeting people with common interests but also interacting with people with different perspectives, which challenges me to think in a different way. I also like that AUT doesn’t just cover the theory, and presents a vibrant, fresh and current approach to university.”

For Kimihia, the diversity is one of the things she has enjoyed most about her time at AUT.

“By having such a diverse community, AUT provides students with a wider and deeper perspective of the world, through communicating with each other and with lecturers and staff, and more importantly through learning from one another.”

Advice for other students
One of the biggest challenges she has faced at AUT was being too scared to ask for help, Kimihia admits.

“In my first year of uni, I didn’t realise that there were a lot of support services available to students, including peer mentors and learning advisors. However, now that my university career has matured a bit, I’ve used a lot those services and my studies have benefitted greatly from it.”

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, she advises.

“What you will realise is that there are other students who are just like you, trying to achieve the same things, and you can help each other along. If something is unclear to you – ask. Email your lecturers or ask in class. Try your best not to avoid it, otherwise your grades could suffer.”