Events Coordinator, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Bachelor of Arts in Events Management and Business Management
Event management is an opportunity to create an unforgettable experience for someone, says AUT alumna Jackie Danielle Moses.
“This is a career that gives you the chance to stop time and allow your guests to be fully immersed in the moment, whether it’s a bride on her wedding day, a teen at a music festival or an inspiring entrepreneur at a business seminar. We’re in charge of showcasing these moments and using our creativity, experience and love for what we do to make it successful in our eyes and in theirs.”
For Jackie, events aren’t about glitz and glamour.
“My lightbulb moment definitely happened when we were told in our Event Production paper at AUT that our next project included fundraising for the Make a Wish Foundation. This inspired me so much and completely changed my view on events. I didn’t only want to put a glamorous event together, but wanted my events to have purpose, inspire change and to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”
A caring environment
Deciding where to study at university was easy, Jackie says.
“AUT is known as a university that’s culturally diverse, embraces technology and encourages people to think differently. I felt that AUT really cared for its students and wanted them to learn and develop, but also to enjoy the experience. My highlight at AUT was participating in the events that took place around each campus, from orientation day at the City Campus and the popular foam party or having a shared kai at the South Campus with my peers.”
Having graduated in 2015, Jackie has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to do your research on what makes you you. Take the time to think about what makes you happy and what will bounce you out of bed every morning. Take every opportunity as it comes, and don’t say no to something just for the sake of it. Try new things, experience and learn because who knows what that opportunity might bring you.”
Promoting New Zealand business
Now working at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Jackie is responsible for organising events that make a difference for New Zealand businesses and the country.
“My role is very satisfying, and I enjoy working for an organisation that is culturally diverse and appreciates Māori culture. For example, at our new joiners' induction we provide a powhiri/Māori welcome for our new colleagues and bless our food with a karakia. These small things make me proud to work for my organisation and proud to be a New Zealander.
“One of the achievements I’m most proud of in my career so far was being recognised at our end of year awards ceremony for being part of an event that was very ambitious and created a great outcome for our customers. It was a great feeling to be recognised by my peers and the wider organisation.”
Being able to spend three months in New York through her work has been a highlight for Jackie.
“I was lucky enough to go on a three-month secondment in our New York office, filling in as a regional marketing and communications consultant. Having the opportunity to work in New York is amazing especially after only working at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise for a year. There was some tough competition for the role, however I stood out from the crowd by having my AUT degree, a great work ethic and being able to get stuck in.”