Jess Kitt - Partnerships Manager, Whānau Āwhina Plunket
What made you choose WelTec?
Initially I went to university, but I found it wasn’t for me. I struggled to build relationships with my teachers and peers, and I quickly lost my drive for study.
WelTec felt more achievable and was a much easier transition from school. My tutors took the time to get to know me and the smaller class sizes made it easier to make friends. It was just a really comfortable environment and I felt like I could ask questions and be myself.
What inspired you to study business?
I knew I wanted to achieve a degree and business felt like good option with lots of career opportunities. I’m an organised person who likes to see projects come together and the business degree at WelTec felt like a good match. Every organisation needs people with business skills and studying has opened up so many doors for me.
What did you learn at WelTec that has helped you in your role today?
The industry projects were a big highlight for me. We had the opportunity to go out into the community, meet with clients and work on business projects with them. I learned about how to creature and nurture relationships with stakeholders which is a key part of my job now.
In certain programmes, Business and IT students have the opportunity to work with New Zealand organisations and businesses. Students will study a problem or issue, conduct the required research, and present a workable solution.
What does a day in your life as a partnerships manager at Whānau Āwhina Plunket look like?
No two days are the same. I could be doing anything from pitching for new partnership opportunities to travelling around the country and attending events. I love working across a range of projects and thinking of new and exciting ways we can create mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations across Aotearoa.
I’ve been working on an exciting initiative with Arnott’s, called ‘Dunk It For Plunket’. It’s a nationwide campaign that asks New Zealanders – individuals, businesses, friend and Whānau groups to host a morning tea and ‘Dunk It For Plunket’. All the money raised helps Plunket provide critical services to families and help our tamariki get the best start to life.
What would you say to someone thinking about studying business?
You don’t have to know what career or job you want before you start studying; business skills are versatile and needed in every industry. There’s lots of opportunities to build a great foundation of skills at WelTec.
Study Business at WelTec
Broaden your horizons with a qualification in business. Learn from experienced tutors that can provide helpful insight into the industry. Develop your skills in a supportive environment surrounded by like-minded individuals.