Insights from Young Professionals – A PRINZ Student event
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Thinking about what kind of public relations or communications career journey you’ll take on after graduation?
Don’t miss your chance to hear from a panel of young PR/Communications professionals sharing their career highlights and the lessons they have learned so far.
No matter if you are in your first-year or final year of study, this event will be a great opportunity for you to gain some valuable career tips and advice, and meet fellow PR/Communications students from different universities.
We encourage you to bring along questions for the panel as this is your chance to find out what it is like to be a young PR/Communications professional. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and the opportunity to network afterwards.
This event is free for PRINZ Student and Graduate members; $20+GST for non-member students.
Ben Campion, Corporate Communications Team Leader, AA Insurance
Hi everyone—I’m Ben, and work in corporate communications at AA Insurance. I’m looking forward to meeting you and like to think I’m pretty approachable, so please come up and say hi, track me down on LinkedIn, and ask questions on the night!
A little bit about me, I have a Bachelor of Communication Studies from AUT (think I’ll be in good company) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing from London South Bank University. I’ve worked in corporate, stakeholder and internal comms and events roles in higher education, the creative industries and financial services.
What do I love about our industry? For me, it’s the craft of taking something needlessly complex and seeing the transformation when it’s simple, people get it, and can then apply that understanding in their own role. In internal comms, our leaders often need to share financial and business updates which can be, to be honest, pretty dull. Our team has an analogy, we call these the ‘vegetables’—they’re uninteresting but good for you. Our job is to turn vegetables into delicious smoothies!
Lauren Baker, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, SPCA New Zealand
It has always interested me how people think, how they operate, and why they do what they do. Not surprisingly, I chose to study psychology and marketing in order to develop my knowledge and indulge my curiosity. However, another love of mine was also animals. I found myself gravitating towards the desire to use my skills and education to either better the lives of animals in New Zealand, or at least work in an industry that involved animals in some way.
While I was a student in Otago, I volunteered at the Dunedin SPCA and loved it. So when I moved back to Auckland after graduating in 2016, it felt like it was meant to be when I spotted a communications role at SPCA Auckland.
I have been at the SPCA for almost two years now and I can honestly say that working for a not-for-profit is incredibly rewarding. My main responsibilities include writing for the SPCA’s Animals’ Voice Magazine, digital fundraising, pitching stories to the media, running the comms for the SPCA’s campaigns and events, social media, and planning and writing animal advocacy campaigns. Every day I leave work knowing that I somehow made a difference to the lives of animals in New Zealand, and I have learnt so much being in the not-for-profit industry.
Natasha Stubbing, Marketing and Engagement Manager, Northland Regional Council
Natasha is a successful and experienced public relations and marketing manager working in local government. She currently manages a small team responsible for events management, stakeholder engagement, campaigns, sponsorship, communications and brand management.
Natasha has a Bachelor of Management Studies with First Class Honours in Public Relations and Marketing. During her time at university Natasha tutored a number of public relations papers. She was a board member of the Management Communications Students Association and represented Waikato University at the National Strategic Management Case Competition.
Natasha is the recipient of the 2018 Sally Logan-Milne Young Public Relations Practitioner of the Year.
She is a proud and passionate Northlander and is always keen to show people around. Make sure you connect with her on LinkedIn.
Sam Baxter, Media Specialist, Auckland Council
Sam is a communications specialist with a focus on issues, risk and crisis management. He currently works as a media advisor in the media relations team at Auckland Council, the largest local authority in Australasia. The council’s media team responds to over 60 queries a week, as well as managing potential and ongoing issues and risks.
In this role, Sam works on a wide range of specialist portfolios including animal management, libraries, waste solutions, cemeteries, bylaws, licensing and regulatory compliance, food safety and environmental health, kauri dieback disease, and arts and culture. He also works closely with the council’s elected members.
A highlight of his career so far has been working on the council’s amnesty on menacing dogs, for which he won a PRINZ Award in 2017.
In addition, Sam works in Auckland Emergency Management’s Public Information Team. As part of this, he is responsible for providing essential information to Aucklanders in times of emergency.
Sam is passionate about using his communications skills to help connect people and make the world a better place.
Prior to this, Sam completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations at AUT, after compiling a Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Waikato.
Serena Low, PR Consultant, One Plus One Communications
Serena is a PR consultant at corporate communications agency One Plus One Communications, a two-time recipient of the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia, and holds a Business and Communications conjoint degree from AUT, majoring in International Business and PR.
Beginning her journey with One Plus One in early 2016, she was initially contracted for an internal communications project. A few months later, she then joined the team as a part-time intern while she continued her studies.
As an International Business major, Serena set off early last year to attend Korea University as a business student, and through One Plus One's affiliation to MSL, she also interned part-time at MSL Korea under KPR and Associates.
She then transferred to MSL Singapore in July 2017 where she worked across a range of local and regional consumer, corporate and new business accounts, including integrated pitches with sister agencies Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, and Publicis Communications.
Serena returned to New Zealand at the end of last year to graduate, and now helps drive the comms strategies across a raft of clients at One Plus One, spanning tech, health and finance, among others.
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