If New Zealand is one of your top possible study destinations, we can definitely see why. As well as boasting stunning landscapes and bustling metropolitan cities, New Zealand is also home to some of the best universities in the world. \r\n\r\nOne example is New Zealand’s second-largest university, Auckland University of Technology (AUT). In addition to its high-quality teaching and education, AUT also prides itself on producing world-ready graduates. \r\n\r\nTo learn more about how they’re helping students find success in their professional careers, we spoke to AUT’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Guy Littlefair. \r\n\r\nAward-winning employability and career services \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAUT’s employability and career services were recognised as the best in New Zealand by the nation\u0027s leading graduate employment body, the NZ Association of Graduate Employers, with AUT winning the NZAGE Best Careers Service for 2022. \r\n\r\nSo, what makes AUT the best when it comes to employability services? \r\n\r\n“This was in recognition of the work AUT has done over several years to engage with industry, opening up networks and opportunities to students and graduates” Professor Littlefair said. \r\n\r\n“Our employability relationship managers have been incredibly successful in creating a large number of informative and engaging events for our students. \r\n\r\n“For example, we work directly with industry partners to ensure our students gain practical experience during their time at AUT. 92 percent of our bachelor’s degree students complete work experience as part of their studies.” \r\n\r\nDivya Kataria, an international student from India, studied construction engineering at AUT and achieved a first-class honours’ degree. \r\n\r\nShe said: “I loved the amount of group projects we got to work on at AUT. This showed that AUT has a more practical approach towards engineering because as an engineer you often work in teams that also include architects and other professionals.” \r\n\r\nFocus on delivering real-world opportunities \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAUT also has a dedicated physical space on its city campus for students who want extra support - the Employability Lab. \r\n\r\n“There are various ways in which students can get help through the Employability Lab, including practical workshops, information sessions, opportunities to meet with employers and community leaders, plus one-to-one appointments to help students with CV and cover letter writing, job interviews, networking, social media skills and more.” \r\n\r\nSilivia Arini shared her experience as a student on the Master of Analytics programme. “The lessons are exciting and applicable. I’ve also enjoyed the fact that our teaching staff regularly invite data analysts to AUT to share their experience with students. \r\n\r\n“For our final project in the last semester, we’ll have the opportunity to work with an industry organisation, which will enrich our experience in gaining knowledge and skills related to data analysis.” \r\n\r\nTo help students find exciting job opportunities, the university has its own recruitment service, talenthub, which matches AUT students with employers for internship and graduate roles. \r\n\r\n“Employers will provide a job description to AUT talenthub’s experienced recruitment consultants who create the job advertisement and advertise it to students and graduates on behalf of the employer,” Professor Littlefair said. \r\n\r\n“Our consultants go through the applications, interview applicants they feel fit the employer requirements, and then create a shortlist of AUT candidates for the employer. \r\n\r\n“It’s a free recruitment service for all AUT students. Graduates can apply for talenthub roles for up to a year after graduating from AUT.” \r\n\r\nImportance of diversity and inclusion in helping every student achieve their goals \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAUT’s diverse student body represents an impressive 143 countries, including a large cohort of Māori and Pasifika students. \r\n\r\n“Our student success plan, Ki Uta Ki Tai, is predicated on our belief that everyone with academic potential can flourish through our commitment to equity and excellence. \r\n\r\n“We believe that diversity is not simply an end in itself; rather, diversity is seen as a means by which AUT can achieve its educational and strategic goals and fulfil its role in society.” \r\n\r\nAUT is also the first New Zealand university to appoint a Professor of Diversity. Professor Edwina Pio, the university’s Director of Diversity, works on ensuring AUT is an inclusive environment and diversity is embedded into everyday university life. \r\n\r\nIt’s clear that this effort translates into fulfilling student experiences. Samuel Kafiar is studying International Studies at AUT. As an international student from West Papua in Indonesia, he appreciates the diversity of students on AUT’s campus. \r\n\r\nHe said: “Studying here gives you the chance to connect with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and there are lot of opportunities to explore your interests and gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to succeed in your chosen career. \r\n\r\n“I’ve enjoyed being able to meet new people with different cultural backgrounds and loved connecting with AUT students with the same interests through the various clubs around campus.” \r\n\r\nApply with QS to find your dream university \r\n\r\nYou can apply to study abroad with a QS counsellor in one simple application. \r\n\r\nWhether you’re interested in applying to AUT, or to several more top-ranked institutions around the world, our QS counsellors will help you understand the various application processes in different countries, provide guidance on visas and scholarships, and sometimes they can even apply on your behalf. \r\n\r\nIt’s free to apply with us. 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