Job: Communications Advisor Area:
The Communications Advisor
Brief introduction about yourself:
I went to Victoria University to study marketing and commercial law majors, and graduated with my Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in 2010. Early 2010 I got my first ‘real’ job as the marketing coordinator in the natural gas division at Powerco (a gas and electricity distributor). From there I moved into the ag industry when I joined NAIT in November 2012. NAIT has since merged with TBfree New Zealand to become OSPRI – a place that strives to protect our primary industries and our country’s reputation in export markets overseas.
I grew up in the suburbs but love the country and farm lifestyle. I’m currently planning to build my own home on a lifestyle section - out of the city but not too far to travel to work. I am dog crazy, love going on walks, try to get to the mountain to go skiing every winter and enjoy spending as much time as possible at the beach or in the sun during summer (which is very short being a Wellingtonian).
What is your typical day like?
A typical day for me involves using my computer and writing – and that’s about all that doesn’t change. With my role, there is loads of variety. I get the chance to be involved in different parts of the business and to work on different projects. One day I’m planning advertising and getting creative, the next I’m delving into some stats to see how we’re performing online and every now and then I get a day out at field days or on location for a photo shoot (usually of some gorgeous cattle).
How did you get to where you are now?
I got a massive opportunity with my first role at Powerco in their natural gas division, The Gas Hub. I had the benefit of an amazing mentor when I started, and once she left I quickly had to take on responsibility for all marketing and branding work. That experience positioned me well when I was ready to take the next step into a new role.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the variety and having the flexibility to plan and manage my own work.
What skills do you need to do your job well?
Lots of it comes naturally if marketing and communications is for you, but you need creativity, good analysis skills, top-notch writing skills, an eagle eye (lots of proof reading), design appreciation – and buckets of enthusiasm.
Work & Travel:
I typically don’t travel much for my job – but for now, that’s the way I like it.
What are your goals for the future?
I’m aiming to move into a more senior position, and hopefully have my own business one day.
How did I get here:
School - NCEA: NCEA Level 3 - Statistics, calculus, textiles, geography, economics
University: Bachelor of Commerce and Administration – majors in marketing and commercial law