Grace Brebner

Grace completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Psychology and is now a marketing automation specialist at Harmoney.

Grace Brebner

“I’m a marketing automation specialist at Harmoney, which is New Zealand’s first licensed peer-to-peer lending marketplace.

“Being involved in a company during its start-up phase you end up being a jack of all trades, but largely my focuses are email marketing and content management. Day-to-day I write, design and build emails, write new content and manage the website.

“I’m incredibly fortunate to be in a workplace that gives me a lot more freedom and responsibility than many people get straight out of university. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and developed new skills on the job – I’ve learned how to code HTML and developed as a writer and designer. I get to hang out with an awesome team. And I get to spend most of my days doing things that I love.

“My Arts study paved the way to my job in a few surprising ways. Most crucially, I made the connections that got me the job (join clubs – seriously!), but I also got to spend three and a bit years developing my interests, becoming a better writer, learning how people think, and developing a really solid, self-motivated work ethic.

“Some of the most important skills that I gained through studying in the Faculty of Arts are open mindedness, a willingness to learn and explore, and a diligent work ethic. Arts study gives you a fantastic opportunity to blend analytical thinking with creative exploration, and to make this kind of thinking an integral part of who you are, and how you work.

“In a small marketing team of four, often working with very small budgets and very limited time, the ability to create out-of-the-box solutions, to push yourself beyond the ‘easy’ answer — while also making sure it’s achievable within budget and on time and will deliver the required results… it’s not always easy, but it’s a skill that will get you far.

“I always knew that I loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I hit NCEA that I realised I had a genuine talent for it. I participated in the Young Scholars programme when I was in Year 13, taking a Stage I English Literature paper. And I just fell in love – it challenged me in a way that school wasn’t at the time, and gave me a freedom that I was missing.

“So I left school once I finished the paper, halfway through the year, and started at university.

“All the advice I received was that most people change their career a few times throughout their lives, and the most important thing is that you study something that you enjoy.

“So that’s what I did.”

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