Romilly Cumming
Romilly Cumming

Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)

Professional Learning & Events Coordinator

Studying a BC at Massey will give anyone a fantastic platform for employment…

I currently work for Hawker Brownlow Professional Learning Solutions (HBPLS) in Melbourne and my title is Professional Learning & Events Coordinator. HBPLS provides professional learning opportunities for educators across Australia.

My role is varied as I work for a small business and have to spread myself thinly across all areas including logistics, marketing, database management, website management, event coordination.

I manage and execute the marketing schedule (who are we targeting, what are they receiving, when are they receiving it and how are they receiving it). I am currently working on creating an integrated social media approach that will complement our direct mailing. I also assist with creating and editing our marketing materials – flyers and catalogues.
A big part of my job is event management, sourcing venues and liaising with them in regard to set-up, timings, catering, AV needs. Also, I manage the calendars of our training associates and the logistics around this.

Massey has a great reputation for the Bachelor of Communication degree. I knew this was the area that I wanted to work in. Coupled with a great location this was the best choice for me! Massey scholarships were also a fantastic incentive, I would encourage everyone to apply apply apply!

Massey’s size is it’s best asset. I never felt like just another number – all of my lecturers knew me by name and had the time to help me when I asked for it. Small classes also allow for more face-to-face time with tutors.

The passion of the lecturers was also really inspiring. Seeing the effort they put in to their lessons - keeping up to date with current research, providing relevant examples and their own level of knowledge – made me want to give my best efforts.

The opportunities Massey provided me were invaluable. During my three years I worked in the Events department, took notes in lectures for the disabled, did promotional work, volunteered on open days and helped in creating MACS – Massey University of Communication Students – a club designed to provide industry relevant opportunities for those doing the BC.

The channels for communicating are constantly changing. My lecturers opened my eyes to this and made me see the importance of using the right message in the right medium to get to the right audience, hence my new project at work about creating a social media presence.
More generally, skills in time management, prioritising tasks and working in small teams have also been valuable.
Studying a BC at Massey will give anyone a fantastic platform for employment. The breadth of skills learnt throughout the three years leave graduates applicable for a broad range of job roles. Massey Wellington’s small size means students’ get the most out of their classes and tutors which in turn makes every student accountable for their own learning.

Editor’s Note: Romilly’s achievements
• Massey University Scholarship awarded to fund postgraduate study in 2012
• Massey Scholar – acknowledging the top 5% of academic results (2010)
• Nominated for the Senate Communications Prize in International Public Relations (2010)
• Massey University Top Student Award in all final semester papers: Public Relations Management, Media Law and Ethics, International Case Studies in Public Relations
• Nominated for the RG Frean prize in English at Massey University (2008)
• Massey University High Achiever Scholarships for academics and arts (2008)

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