Bachelor of Communication Studies (Public Relations)
Waikato Management School
Regular trips to Melbourne. Money-can't-buy experiences. Holding the Melbourne Cup trophy. Sampling celebrity chef food. These are just some of the perks of Courtney Stayte's job.
The former Hamilton Girls' High School student is an account manager for award-winning PR firm Porter Novelli, based in Auckland. Prior to that she was an account manager for another Auckland-based firm, Haystac PR.
She has a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree with Honours from the University of Waikato, graduating in 2013. During her studies she finished top in her class in two management communication papers.
Courtney began her PR career with Haystac as an account executive, and within a year was promoted to Account Manager, looking after a variety of trans-Tasman clients across industries including FCMG, travel and tourism and aviation.
"I looked after a range of clients, providing support for their products through writing media releases and monitoring coverage to ensure they shone in the media," says Courtney.
She moved to Porter Novelli in September 2015 and is enjoying the challenge of working for a larger agency. Some of Porter Novelli's current clients include Microsoft, Genesis Energy, BNZ and Hawaiian Airlines.
Courtney says the BCS degree is a must for anyone considering a career in PR. "The qualification relies heavily on putting theory into practice - a must for any PR practitioner."
She won't be leaving the fast-paced world of PR anytime soon. "I'd like to move more into strategy, working on high-level projects from start to finish. I'd also like to dabble in fashion PR, too."