Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Analysing crime data to provide solutions for improving communities is the job of a New Zealand Police Intelligence Analyst - a job which University of Waikato graduate Zoe Gerrand has recently landed.
From a young age, Zoe knew she wanted to follow a career path within the police. She chose to study a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in psychology. The flexibility of her degree also allowed her to take a supporting sociology major, which included papers in criminology.
“I had heard from others that Waikato had one of the best psychology programmes in the country, and when I compared the papers that universities around New Zealand had to offer, Waikato had the most appealing.”
Aside from gaining a broad foundation of knowledge, Zoe’s degree also brought her the necessary practical experience which helped her land her current position.
“I completed a work placement with the New Zealand Police in Hamilton during my final semester. Getting the hands on experience, and seeing what work with the police consisted of, made me dead set on following this career path.”
Her role as an Intelligence Analyst is to create products that address identified national and/or local priorities such as, organised crime and road policing, and to inform and support the prevention, intervention and enforcement activities relating to these identified problems.
“Without a doubt my work placement through the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences helped me get the job I have now. Everything I learnt throughout the duration of my degree certainly gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to adequately perform in this role, but the work placement gave me the foot in the door I needed. My degree from Waikato was the ideal path to getting me my dream job.”
Zoe’s advice to those considering studying at Waikato - “if you are determined and willing to seize the opportunities offered to you then Waikato really is an ideal place to go. Waikato has the ability to open up opportunities that will get you into an awesome career path.”