3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies
There's demand for people who can speak Mandarin and understand Chinese culture, says Manu Edwards who is in the third year of his Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies.
"Mandarin speakers are highly sought after in the world, and there are greater career opportunities if you speak another language."
He would definitely recommend the Chinese Studies major, Manu says.
"You can easily combine it with papers from another area of your interest, giving yourself an advantage for your future career. For example, I'm currently studying papers on marketing, advertising, retailing and sales because I have a passion for sports and would love to work in sports marketing one day."
AUT prides itself on taking care of its students and helping them succeed, Manu says.
"It's one of the reasons I chose to study here. AUT is known for having great support systems for students and there are many social activities too.
"One of my biggest achievements would be the excellent grades I gained. It has given me confidence that I can achieve the same results if I put the effort in. I definitely saw the workload increase from my first to my second year but AUT helped me stay motivated, and showed me different ways to study."
While he admits the programme can be hard work at times, Manu says the lecturers and support service can help you through the tricky times.
Confidence and skills
Now in the third year of his Bachelor of Arts, Manu says his studies have helped him developed new skills and confidence.
"I like that many of the things we do in class are practical and interactive. You have many opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and do things you didn't know you were capable of until you tried.
“One of the skills I’m developing through my studies is the confidence to speak in front of large groups of people. Last year, I competed in the Confucius Institute Chinese speech competition and won the first prize, which enabled me to go to China to see the finals of the competition. I’ve also learnt to balance out my time to get all of my uni work completed and get good grades on my exams.”