In our last blog post, recent UoW graduate Tessa Preddy gave us the lowdown on her internship. In part II of this interview, Tessa talks about her experience leaving University, and offers some advice for prospective and current communications students!
How have you found moving to Wellington?
It’s been great, I love Wellington, it's a super cool city. I would definitely recommend moving here although there are way too many good places to eat and drink which is mainly where my paycheck goes. My advice for students is to move away to the bigger cities like Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch as there are so many opportunities for communications work! Spread your wings and get out of Hamilton!
What helped you get settled into a new city and settled in your new start?
When I first moved, it was a bit difficult because I didn’t have any accomodation sorted. None of my apartment viewings went to plan, so I ended up in a not so preferable situation that I then moved out of. So try to be a bit more prepared on where you are going to live for sure. But at the same time try and go with the flow and know that when things don’t really work out it’s not the end of the world, you have to play it by ear and be adaptable! Make sure you keep in contact with friends and family at home and definitely try and do something like play a sport or join a group to try and meet people.
Have you ever wanted to know the facts about what life is really like fresh out of University? We sat down with Tessa Preddy, who is currently an intern with marketing and communications agency Wellington Urban Consulting, to get this information from a recent communications graduate (Tessa graduated in December last year!)
What have you been up to lately?
Working from home! We’re super busy at the moment. I work for a company called Wellington Urban Consulting and we’re an agency of just 3 plus our designer. One of our main clients is a hotel management group, and they own about 2 hotels and 3 different backpackers in Wellington so I’ve learnt a lot about the tourism/ accommodation sector. Some of our other clients consist of restaurants, a housing developer and we recently worked with the Wellington lantern festival. Although obviously over the last few weeks my time has been taken up with a lot of Coronavirus related comms. So my day consists of a lot of different things such as meetings with clients, social media content, writing press releases, media scans, creating advertisements, I do a lot of random stuff and it’s different all the time!