Dan Walraven
Dan Walraven

Bachelor of Communication
Graduated in 2012
Consultant- Ideas Shop

“The knowledge and experience I gained over three years at Massey gave me a strong foundation as a professional in the workplace, the value of which was quite clear following an internship in my final year that landed me my first job….”

I am a consultant at Ideas Shop, a communications agency with offices in Wellington and Christchurch that specialises in strategic communications. No one -day is the same in our job- we have a variety of clients across the public, private and non-profit sector in New Zealand and overseas that keep us at the fore of the communications field, and we manage to have a great time while also tackling some complex and high profile projects.

I wouldn’t be where I am without my Bachelor of Communication from Massey University. Majoring in marketing communications gave me a lens to the business world from a communications perspective, something that was truly fascinating to study. My minor in media studies gave me practical experience and a sound understanding of the media landscape. I also got to produce Turbos TV for three seasons – an initiative that complemented my business study due to the strong brand we were working with. I also took advantage of an opportunity to sit on the Bachelor of Communication Programme Committee as student rep for a year.

I used Massey’s flexibility with study modes in a way that suited me and allowed me to get the practical experience that is vital for getting a job. In addition to spending a year at each of the Palmerston North and Wellington campuses, I also spent time studying at Exeter University in the UK as a Massey Exchange Student with a scholarship from Massey’s Massey Business School.

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