Event Coordinator, Trouble Brewing, Singapore
Bachelor of Arts in Event Management
She had been dreaming of interning overseas since she was in her first year at AUT, says Shivani Mudaliar who is now working at Trouble Brewing microbrewery in Singapore through the AUT Internz programme.
“I saw this advertisement for the AUT Internz programme in my first year at uni. I always had it in the back of my mind. I knew I wanted to work abroad, after finishing my degree. The AUT Internz programme seemed like an amazing opportunity to start my career straight after graduating and the chance to experience working in a new country.”
A few years later, when Shivani was in the final year of her degree, it was finally time for her to apply for one of the sought-after internships.
“When I saw this role appear on AUT Internz, I said to myself, ‘I’d love to work in Singapore because of the amazing events held there’. I had a gut feeling with Trouble Brewing; I felt connected to the company.
“Every day here has been a new day – I’ve learnt new skills and got to work with different approaches. I’ve enjoyed working with an amazing team who are always there for ongoing support, and I’ve learnt multiple new skills from a range of people in marketing, design, business and sales.”
A love of events
She has always loved events, says Shivani who completed a Bachelor of Arts in Event Management with a minor in creative technologies.
“In high school I was involved in different extracurricular activities and was on the prefect team in my final year of school. It helped me realise that I love bringing people together to create amazing memories and bundles of fun, including organising World Vision fundraisers and cultural events, and being involved in the ball committee.”
Deciding where to study was easy for Shivani.
“I chose AUT because it was the only university to offer an event management degree and I liked that the Bachelor of Arts includes more practical work, in addition to the theory.”
Support and opportunities
AUT isn’t just a university, but a small community, Shivani says.
“It’s modern with amazing lecturers, support and great opportunities. I would like to mention Dr Alison Booth and Linda Wong. Both definitely helped me find my passion for the events and get to where I am today. They always had faith in me and guided me through my degree and through amazing opportunities.”
One of the many memorable experiences she had throughout her studies was volunteering for the APacCHRIE 2015 and APF 2015 Conferences in her first year studying at AUT.
“This opportunity opened many doors for me. I could put it on my CV and still to this day acknowledge the skills I learned and the many connections in the events industry I made through this event.”