Finance Administrator, New Zealand Embassy, Dili, Timor-Leste
Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting
Bachelor of Business in Accounting
Certificate in Business
A business degree will open up an array of career paths, says Viny Valente who came to AUT as an international student from Timor-Leste.
“With a business degree you can decide to be part of an established company or start your own business. I chose accounting as my major as I believe every organisation needs someone to look after its finances, so there are various industries that accounting graduates can work in.”
Viny, whose studies were supported by a New Zealand Development Scholarship, says AUT was recommended to her by one of the members of the scholarship selection panel.
“They knew that I like to have a balance of both theoretical knowledge and tangible skills in my study, and suggested that I apply to study at AUT. I’m grateful for this advice as I’ve had the opportunity to gain very useful workplace experience as part of the final year of my Bachelor of Business.”
Inspired to dream big
The people she met were among the highlights of her time at AUT, says Viny who was the top international graduate in the Bachelor of Business and the top graduate in the Bachelor of Business (Honours).
“The friends I made and the opportunity to meet inspirational business leaders during the AUT Shadow a Leader programme are what stood out most about my study. They came from different backgrounds but all had the same determination to be better and do good for others. From them, I learned to dare to dream big and go out there to make my dreams come true.”
She says her studies prepared her well for the future, wherever her career may take her.
“AUT actively updates the curriculum to ensure that the material being taught to students reflects the changes that are happening around us. This helps to create graduates who are world ready, not just career ready.”
Helping the embassy run more smoothly
After graduating in 2018, Viny is now back in Timor-Leste, working as a finance administrator for the New Zealand Embassy in Dili.
“In this role, I’m responsible for ensuring compliance to New Zealand and Timor-Leste tax requirements, compiling and completing preliminary drafts of the annual budget, reviewing allocations, out-turn and end of financial year returns and managing the embassy’s asset register.
“I enjoy my job because the people here care about me and my personal growth. I appreciate that my opinions are considered.”
She constantly draws on the skills she developed throughout her studies.
“The research and communication skills I learned at AUT have enabled me to solve any misunderstandings between the embassy and Timor-Leste’s government regarding the application of local law, making the embassy run more smoothly. I also have the opportunity to apply the audit, tax, and management accounting theories I learned at AUT in my daily tasks.”