Production Administrator, Young Vic Theatre, London
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Creative Industries
She had always wanted to work in the creative industries, says Mengfei Liu who came to AUT as an international student from Beijing in China to study a Bachelor of Communication Studies.
“I chose communication studies because I wanted to work in the creative industries but wasn’t quite sure which field I wanted to focus on particularly. My first year was great as it allowed me to get a taste of every major in the degree.
“I decided to come to AUT because I always thought it was the more exciting and alive university, and has more up-to-date courses. That aligns with my values and what I was hoping to achieve. I loved that throughout the three years of my studies I was always encouraged to pursue my ideas. The lecturers and other people around me were all so supportive and believed in me.”
Welcoming and supportive
The supportive and welcoming environment was one of the things she enjoyed the most about her time at AUT, says Mengfei who graduated at the end of 2018.
“One of my proudest achievements at AUT was being chosen as a student ambassador. I loved representing AUT to welcome new students. As an international student that meant a lot to me.”
She has some great advice for other students who are only at the start of their university journey.
“All the support you need is there for you at AUT – make sure you use the resources and create whatever life you wish for.”
A creative career in London
Now based in London, Mengfei loves her role as a production administrator at the Young Vic Theatre.
“I’m responsible for supporting the production department at the Young Vic. What I love most about this role is that it’s always exciting and I work on multiple projects at the same time.”
But this hasn’t been her only creative venture, and she is also proud of starting her own podcast.
“During the COVID-19 lockdown, I created my own podcast, Toastie, which is on Spotify. For the podcast, I chat with creative practitioners about their projects and their favourite ways to make a toastie. That was definitely inspired by my communications degree.”