Organisational Development Manager, Plexure
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations
She loves that her role is people focused and has an impact on organisational health, says communication studies alumna Kelly Booth who is now the organisational development manager for consumer engagement specialist Plexure.
“I’m responsible for designing and developing Plexure’s people products, specifically around organisational design and health, leadership capability, effective and collaborative teams, people experience and internal communications. I love that my role is centered around helping my organisation improve and grow, but also has a large focus on developing our people and helping them achieve their career goals.”
She is proud of what she has achieved since first joining Plexure at the start of 2019.
“As the business’ first HR hire, I had the monumental task of starting to build the People & Culture function from scratch. We have gone from 35 employees to over 160 employees in two and a half years, and I’m really proud that I was a big part of that growth. Personally, I’ve achieved a lot since graduating from AUT; starting out in recruitment, then moving into generalist HR and more recently being promoted into an organisational development role.”
A broad range of skills
While she may not have taken the traditional path towards a career in human resources, Kelly says she credits the broad nature of AUT’s Bachelor of Communication Studies for preparing her well for her role now.
“What I liked about AUT’s communications degree was that it was broad and could open up a lot of doors for me. I went into the Bachelor of Communication Studies at AUT knowing that it had a great reputation, but not being 100% sure what I wanted to do. The degree was the perfect choice for me to continue to develop the communication and interpersonal skills I already had.”
A decade on, she still fondly remembers her time at university.
“One of the highlights for me was going on a field trip to Wellington with other public relations students to visit parliament and find out more about government communications, public relations and corporate affairs. It was a really interesting, and fun, trip to the capital.”
Advice for other students
Having graduated from AUT in 2011, Kelly has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to study something you’re passionate about, but don’t get too hung up on needing to figure out 100% what you want to do when you graduate.”
It’s important to remember that your career will evolve over time, she adds.
“Take it from somebody who majored in public relations but now works in organisational development – studying at AUT is a fantastic first step in your career, but what you do for a living will constantly shift and evolve, just as you do over your lifetime.”