Communications Adviser, University of Waikato - Hamilton, New Zealand
- Bachelor of Communication Studies
- Public Relations
When Emily Gallagher graduates from the University of Waikato this December, she won’t have to move very far. The communications student has been offered her dream job as the University’s Communications Adviser – Students.
Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Emily fell in love with the University campus when she visited her two older brothers, who were Waikato Management School students at the time. She couldn’t wait to follow in their footsteps and enrolled in a Bachelor of Communication Studies in 2015.
Emily soon became involved with many aspects of university life. She joined the Management Communication Students Association (MCSA), became a student representative, volunteered for a mayoral campaign, and interned at not-for-profit organisation Women in Politics.
“The University offers so many job and internship opportunities, which has been really helpful for my transition into the workforce,” Emily says. In her final year of study, Emily began working as a communications intern at the University, where she gained experience in external engagement, the development office, and communications.
“Working at the University allowed me to put the practical skills I had learnt throughout my degree into practice. One minute I was learning how to write press releases in class, the next I was writing them in real life for the University!”
Emily says the transition from student to staff member was easy, thanks to the welcoming nature of the University’s communications team. “For me, the best thing about the University of Waikato is the people. From the day I moved into College Hall to my very last exam, I felt supported and welcomed,” she says.
“It’s so nice to be in an environment where everyone genuinely wants to help each other. The first person I met on campus on my very first day at the University ended up becoming my tutor the following year, and subsequently recommended me for my internship role at Women in Politics. This gave me the experience and confidence I needed to apply for a job at the University.”
Already one month in, Emily is loving her job and looks forward to coming to work every day. She spends her days interviewing students, writing news stories, and producing marketing collateral for the University.
“I have always been so interested in meeting new people and finding out about their lives. To be able to combine that with my love for writing is a dream come true.”