Enterprise Channel Manager, Microsoft, Sydney
Bachelor of Health Science
AUT’s emphasis on real-life industry experience makes it stand out from other universities, says health sciences alumna Wei-Yen (Jackie) Chan.
“AUT really drives the notion that qualifications will get you the interview, but experience and passion will help you succeed in life. The degree encourages internships and work experiences to be developed, and I enjoyed the opportunities my studies have given me to apply my health science knowledge in the industry.”
Studying the Bachelor of Health Science without a major was a great choice for Jackie whose studies were supported by an AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Significant Student Scholarship.
“I would highly recommend studying an individual pathway in the Bachelor of Health Science as this enables you to decide on the path you want to pursue. For example, if you have an interest in psychology, you can choose papers that tickle your fancy. I especially enjoyed that the papers I chose allowed me to propose and apply the theoretical skills I had learnt to a community healthcare environment.”
Advice for other students
Having graduated from AUT at the end of 2019, Jackie has some great advice for other students.
“The advice I would give other students would be to really find your passion. As cliché as it sounds; if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Jackie has certainly followed her own advice – she initially applied for the Bachelor of Health Science because of her passion for healthcare and technology.
“I could see that there are many opportunities for the healthcare sector to be improved through the proper application and integration of technology to mitigate the social inequalities in our society.”
Following her passion
Participating in the Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world’s largest student technology competition, was one of the many highlights for Jackie while she was at university.
“In my first year at AUT we placed second in New Zealand in the Microsoft Imagine Cup.”
In her second year, Jackie was the youngest and only Microsoft Student Partner from New Zealand selected from a global pool of 2,500 applicants to attend the Microsoft Build Developers Conference in Seattle, USA. In 2018, she was also chosen to attend an all-expense paid trip to the Microsoft Asia-Pacific summit in Taipei, Taiwan.
“These experiences also helped me land a year-long internship with Microsoft New Zealand in my third year at university. Juggling full-time study with my internship wasn’t always easy, but my lecturers were incredibly supportive.”
In addition to her studies and work with Microsoft, Jackie also found time to serve as the president of the AUT Scholars Society, participate in the AUT X Challenge competition and start her own not-for-profit venture; BizTech Labs. BizTech Labs has trained hundreds of secondary students Auckland-wide, to use technology to solve social issues with a holistic lens. Before graduating, Jackie also managed to secure a role as an enterprise channel manager with Microsoft in Sydney.