Final-year student, Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance
He would strongly recommend AUT’s business degree to others, says Oliver Fawcett who is in the final semester of his Bachelor of Business.
“I completed a student exchange and did workplace experience as part of my degree, so I think the AUT business degree far exceeded the traditional experience. I feel like I haven’t just attained a degree, but gained much more as a person.”
The calibre of the academic staff is what stood out most to Oliver.
“I appreciated that the academic staff ensure that you don’t get left behind and have the opportunity to get good grades. I liked that you also get to know them on a more personal level. I have people to stay in contact with who are genuinely interested in where I’m going.”
On exchange in the USA
Going on a student exchange to the USA as part of his degree has been one of the highlights of his studies, Oliver says.
“For my student exchange, I went to Butler University in Indiana. I have American citizenship but hadn’t been to the United States since I was born, so I was keen to go back.
“I chose Butler University because it’s a highly ranked school, ranked first equal in the Midwest. It was an intense experience but I came away with a lot of great knowledge. While I was over there I also got to play in a social football team, and I enjoyed watching their high-level basketball team in Butler University’s 10,000 seat basketball stadium.”
AUT made it easy to organise his student exchange, he says.
“There is a lot of paperwork and administration required to arrange a student exchange, but AUT had great people and processes to see me through the whole experience.”
A passion for the business world
Choosing to study business was an easy decision for Oliver who has long been passionate about the New Zealand business world.
“I chose business because I enjoyed solving real-life problems, and I wanted to develop the skills to work in and improve New Zealand’s businesses. I’m striving towards one day running my own business, although I have an open mind and will consider other opportunities as well.
“What I liked about AUT were its nuanced teaching methods and the real-life focus. The smaller class sizes meant that we could have more meaningful discussions and get to know our lecturers. I found this to be helpful for my learning and appreciated being able to get to know my lecturers more than I would have elsewhere.”
Currently completing the final part of his business degree, his workplace experience, Oliver already knows what he will do next – starting a graduate role at Auckland Council.