She loves the atmosphere at AUT, says Patricia Reps who is the executive assistant to AUT’s Vice-Chancellor.
“There’s an energy and youthfulness about AUT that I haven’t experienced elsewhere. Being the youngest university in New Zealand, and recently ranked number three in the country, you get a sense that there are a lot more exciting things on the horizon.
“I’m also proud of the fact that AUT is ranked first in Australasia for international outlook. As an immigrant it’s great to be able to work in such a diverse and multi-cultural environment.”
A sense of unity
She feels a sense of unity and team spirit at AUT that she hasn’t felt with other employers, says Patricia who joined AUT in April 2017.
“It’s like we’re one big family working for the same purpose – to offer the best quality education to students and prepare them for the future. It’s an environment filled with great people working together to achieve great things in a fun and fast paced environment.”
What she loves most about her role is the variety and the opportunities to interact with different people.
“There are always different things happening – external visitors to the Vice-Chancellor, international delegations or communications to write. I also appreciate the approachability of my managers, the flexible hours and the fabulous all staff Christmas party each year.”
A new start
While she loves working in education, Patricia’s first role after university was in a very different industry – working as a project scheduler for a large construction firm in Oregon, USA.
Her career in education administration began after her family moved from the US to New Zealand, and she rejoined the workforce after taking a ten-year break to raise her three children.
“When I started working at St Cuthbert’s College in Epsom, I found that working in a school fit well around parenting young kids thanks to the flexible working hours and having school holidays off.”
“I increased my working hours incrementally as my kids became older and have been working in executive administrative roles for over ten years now.”