Nadia Liebert

Nadia Liebert

Project Manager, The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust
Bachelor of Business in Finance and International Business

She found the AUT academic staff to be inspiring, says Nadia Liebert who completed her Bachelor of Business in 2018.

“I had some amazing lecturers and tutors that really changed how I think, and ignited my interest in areas I hadn’t even considered before. The best feeling is when you finish a lecture or class, and feel inspired by the content.

“I would definitely recommend studying international business. The content is so relevant to the business world and it taught me how to work with a variety of people and cultures, how to think critically and be more creative with projects by considering perspectives other than our own. With an ever-diverse New Zealand and a more connected world, these skills will be beneficial for years to come.”

Advice for other students
Don’t make university life harder for yourself, Nadia advises other students.

“Make sure you get enough sleep, use to-do lists, eat well and most of all, reward yourself. Just handed in a huge assignment? Awesome, go and spend up on exciting foods at Countdown, or watch a couple of episodes of that show you’ve missed. Don’t forget to appreciate that you’re only human and you need to take care of yourself.”

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships, she adds.

“So many students don’t even consider applying for scholarships, which means there’s less competition. There are many scholarships available, large and small, and not having financial stress on top of everything else makes life so much easier when at university.

“I’ve been lucky enough to receive the AUT Woolf-Fisher First-in-Family scholarship. I cried on the phone when I got the call confirming that I received the scholarship! This has absolutely changed my time at university and means I could graduate without a student loan. We got amazing support from the scholar support team, and the opportunities that come with a scholarship are awesome – from networking and event invitations to being matched with a mentor.”

Giving back
Since graduating in 2018, Nadia now works as a project manager at the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust.

“The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust runs Academic Dress Hire – where tertiary students hire their official graduation regalia – and is a not-for-profit organisation with all proceeds going back to students. In the last twelve months, the Trust has given around $600,000 in scholarships and awards.

“It was important for me to find an organisation and job that enabled me to give back. As a scholarship recipient myself, I know not only the financial value but also the freedom and support that scholarships allow for. It’s truly an honour to be an integral part of an organisation that is working hard to grow our communities through education.”

Nadia landed her current role through the AUT Internz service, which connects AUT graduates with top employers in New Zealand and around the world.

“The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust advertised this role on the AUT Internz website and the AUT Internz team was very helpful with interview practice and tips for this specific role at the Trust.”