Account Manager Intern, TimeZoneOne, Chicago
Bachelor of Business in Market Insights: Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales and Bachelor of Design in Communication Design
Studying both design and business was a great choice for her, says Jessica Moorby.
“I felt that completing both a Bachelor of Design and a Bachelor of Business was important for my future as it would open up more opportunities and potential career pathways. Combining communication design and market insights enabled me to explore advertising and marketing in both a business and creative sense.”
There were many highlights throughout Jessica’s studies.
“I loved how the classes encouraged curiosity, creativity and collaboration. For my final-year project in design, for example, we were given an open brief so I leveraged off my past experiences and got to develop something meaningful by creating a personalised journal and guide for young female cancer patients.
“Other highpoints for me were being a part of the Management Consulting Club, participating in networking events the AUT Business School would host, attending AdTech and being inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honour society.”
Agency life in Chicago
After being selected for an AUT Internz international scholarship, Jessica is now enjoying work and life in Chicago.
“I applied for the AUT Internz programme because I saw it as an incredible opportunity to gain international work experience in my chosen field. I applied for the internship here at TimeZoneOne because I’ve always had a desire to work for an agency in a faced-paced environment.”
What she loves most about her role is the variety of work and the opportunities to engage with clients.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from across the state and attend networking events here in Chicago. Just the other day, I was at a breakfast networking event that was hosted on a spectacular glass cruise boat down on the river. Attending these events really helps to broaden my international network and you never know what opportunities may arise.”
Advice for other students
Going to university isn’t just about attending classes and then coming out the other side with a degree, says Jessica who was the 2018 top graduate in the Bachelor of Business in Market Insights: Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales and top equal in the Bachelor of Business Co-operative Education paper.
“My advice for other students is to take the initiative to pursue extracurricular activities. Get involved in clubs, internships and volunteer. AUT offers so many resources, from career and networking advice to peer mentoring, so be sure to utilise and exhaust these when needed.”
She would also recommend applying for opportunities like the AUT Internz programme.
“I know that the AUT Internz scholarships are competitive but at the end of the day, someone has to get them, right? Be motivated, apply early and make sure you really want it. During my four years at AUT, I knew I would love this opportunity, so I put the extra effort in during my studies, got involved in extracurricular activities and when the time came, submitted my application early.”