Lauren Joyce

Lauren Joyce

HR Manager, Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited
Master of Business Administration student

The breadth of content makes the MBA a good choice for those operating at a managerial level within a business, says Lauren Joyce who is the HR manager at Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited.

“The content of the MBA degree is very applicable for a wide range of people and career paths, so I find it very engaging.

“The mix of students has been great – we all come from a wide range of backgrounds and there’s so much diversity in the classes. I love hearing the different perspectives.”

Making study fit around work
The flexibility is what first attracted her to AUT’s MBA programme.

“I had looked into MBA courses at two other universities, but working full-time, in a busy role, I really need flexibility in order to attend board meetings and other business critical activity. I’ve found AUT and its lecturers are very understanding and supportive of this.”

She would absolutely recommend AUT’s MBA degree, Lauren says.

“The flexibility is a primary driver and, as most people undertaking an MBA are working professionals, this is very necessary. The content and structure of courses is very good and executed to a very high standard. I’m looking forward to applying my learnings within my role and continue to progress my career.”

Valuable global experience
One of the highlights of Lauren’s studies so far has been going on a student exchange to Germany; an experience she would highly recommend to other students.

“I went to WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz, Germany, to participate in the WHU Executive MBA Programme. I wanted to gain an international perspective on business and being able to gain 15 credits towards my MBA in just two weeks was pretty appealing.

“I enjoyed everything about my student exchange – the professors, the cohort…. I was the only New Zealander and it was fascinating to learn about monetary policy and investment in the EU. It couldn’t be more different from our beautiful island nation! The cultural programme WHU provided was also incredible.”

To be immersed in another culture while studying was stimulating, Lauren says.

“I couldn’t recommend the student exchange more. I actually plan to undertake another one next year – it was that amazing. It was well worth the investment. AUT has some fantastic international partnerships with very highly regarded business schools. For example, WHU is ranked first in Germany and third globally by The Economist for the MBA programme. Their alumni are super impressive.”