Simon Hebden

Simon Hebden

PR & Content Marketer, TimeZoneOne, Chicago
Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations

Working for creative communications agency TimeZoneOne in Chicago is a rush, says communications alumnus Simon Hebden.

“Every day is different. I’m working within a team to create, monitor and implement PR strategies and social content. I’m constantly learning on the go and tackling real-time problems. The workplace and my colleagues are very hospitable and create a good working atmosphere of ‘work hard, play hard’.

“I decided to apply for this AUT Internz internship in my third year at AUT, after speaking to some students who were just starting to study at AUT. Speaking to them made me realise that anything can happen and change your pathway towards your future career. My application was a result of this realisation, and I’m so glad that I applied.”

Finding his passion
While he loves working in public relations, Simon admits that when he first came to university he had a very different career in mind.

“I initially attempted a business degree but soon realised that relationships are at the heart of business. At that time, I was a people-person that didn’t really have direction, so I was determined to enrol in a degree where I where I could utilise my strengths and work on my weaknesses. That’s why I chose to study communications.”

Everything is a journey, Simon says.

“Find what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are, and work on both of them. Everything is a journey, so it’s important to continue to learn and apply yourself to everything that comes your way.”

The confidence to succeed
The interactive and engaging learning environment was one of the highlights of his time at AUT, Simon says.

“The tutorials really allowed for engagement and discussion within the classroom. I was always happy to show up to class, knowing I would be challenged and offered different perspectives.”

He also appreciated the resources made available to him throughout his studies.

“AUT always had great technology and student resources that helped me whenever I had any last-minute presentations or research projects.”