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FIGHTING FOR
HUMAN RIGHTS

Jack. Law & Business.

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Jack's Story


Find out how UC has exceeded Jack's expectations and set him on the road to a legal career focusing on
human rights.

I was happy to discover that the skills I've learned at UC were applicable to the job. It made my degree a lot more relevant.

It was the student culture that drew me in. I was looking for a uni where I could continue my leadership involvement from high school. Opportunities popped up straight away which was great!

Why did you choose UC?

I'm from Christchurch, but I definitely didn't choose it because it was the easy option. It was the student culture that drew me in. I was looking for a uni where I could continue my leadership involvement from high school. Opportunities popped up straight away which was great!

Tell us about some of your leadership roles!

I was Service Coordinator for Emerging Leaders, getting students involved with things like the City Mission and Husky Rescue. There's lots of amazing stuff to do in the Christchurch community! That has led onto a role as Equity and Wellbeing Rep with the UCSA. I'm really excited about helping give students a voice.

You've been to Thailand too?

Yes, I did an internship in Bangkok for five weeks. It was mind blowing to go to such a massive city and experience a totally different culture. I was happy to discover that the skills I've learned at UC were applicable to the job. It made my degree a lot more relevant.

Where do you want to go with your studies?

Ultimately I'd like to have a law career that has improves the rights of everyday people. I've landed two internships through UC. One is at a boutique firm in Christchurch, and the other is at a large firm in Auckland that turns into a graduate role. It's great that UC has facilitated those.

Any tips for landing internships?

It's not all about getting straight A's. Employers are so keen to hear about your club involvement. I started CurrySoc with some friends and my interviewers were so interested in it. I expected to be grilled about academics and all they wanted to talk about was CurrySoc! Being a part of clubs gives you skills that employers really value.

What do you think makes UC different from other unis?

It's an amalgamation of everything – the club culture, the leadership options, the high level of student engagement. At UC you're encouraged to grow and grow and grow. Being here has really exceeded my expectations of what a uni could offer.