Munaal Abdali

Munaal Abdali

Consultant, Talent Solutions
Master of Business student

She has always been passionate about human resource management, says Munaal Abdali who is currently completing a Master of Business, specialising in human resources and employment relations. Her interest in learning and development led her to explore the viewpoint of HR managers regarding the role of digital learning in organisational learning strategy.

“Digital learning tools include gamification of learning modules, micro-learning, simulations, augmented reality, social media learning and scenario-based learning among many others. These tools are transforming the way corporate training and development is delivered and managed. Yet the uptake in the New Zealand market is slow.

“My research identifies the barriers and explores the factors HR managers consider when it comes to the adoption of digital learning tools. Highlighting these critical factors will create more awareness for digital learning tool developers as well as for HR managers to make strategic decisions.”

Her research is being supervised by Dr Marcus Ho.

The perfect balance
The balanced mix of coursework and research is what makes the Master of Business stand out, says Munaal who came to AUT as an international student from Pakistan.

“I really like that the Master of Business offers a broad range of courses within my area of interest, along with the opportunity to delve deeper into a topic by conducting research. What I’ve enjoyed most about studying at AUT is the balance of academia and practical aspects of my chosen field.

“I’ve had countless opportunities to get involved in competitions and activities that developed me personally as well as professionally. I’ve also had plenty of chances to interact with highly respected academics and professionals from my field to prepare myself for the future ahead.”

She would highly recommend the Master of Business to others, says Munaal who is working as a consultant at human resources consultancy Talent Solutions in addition to her studies.

Making connections
As an international student, adjusting to a new culture and building new networks were the biggest challenges Munaal faced. She says AUT has been extremely supportive and provided her with a nurturing environment.

“There are activities and events organised by the AUT Employability and Careers team, the Postgraduate Office of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law; and AUTSA, which help you connect with others who might be going through the same struggles. I highly appreciate that AUT staff are so caring towards students and go to great lengths to ensure that the student feels comfortable.”

Throughout her studies Munaal has enjoyed participating in a number of the activities on offer, including being selected as a student ambassador, taking part in the Graduate Research School’s Writing Retreat, completing the AUT Edge Award and being the postgraduate representative on the AUT Business School student committee.

She even found the time to start a new club for aspiring HR professionals like herself.

“When I joined AUT, I felt the need for an HR forum from where I could seek guidance to grow my career as an aspiring HR professional. Since there was no dedicated club, I initiated the AUT Human Resources and Employment Relations Club (AUT HERC), along with the support of my AUT HERC team,  to create a platform for students to engage with the HR practitioners and academics.

“This led to my selection as the student ambassador of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand. AUT HERC and HRINZ now collaborate to offer introductory sessions on core topics of HR, under the banner of HR in Practice.”