Massey student wins Human Resources Student of the Year award

Tuesday 28 March 2023

Massey Business School student Rebecca Jackson has won the Human Resources (HR) Student of the Year award at the 2023 New Zealand HR Awards.

Rebecca Jackson receiving the Human Resources Student of the Year award

More than 400 people attended the awards ceremony on 9 March to celebrate human resources professionals and organisations leading meaningful change and best practices across Aotearoa New Zealand.

The award was determined by student applications and supporting letters of recommendation from colleagues and academic staff.

School of Management Lecturer Dr Kazunori Kobayashi says as a student ambassador for Human Resources New Zealand, Rebecca helped facilitate branch events and organised a human resources information and networking evening.

“As a business student studying human resources, Rebecca understood the importance of internships and networking,” Dr Kobayashi says.

While studying, Rebecca gained valuable work experience by interning at Horizons Regional Council. She was involved in the Attractions 2.0 project, which led to the Council's People and Culture team creating new HR frameworks and templates.

Rebecca and her classmates organised a Massey Business School Internship Evening in 2022, where more than 50 students and local businesses came together to discuss the value of internships.

She says that as a business student, the opportunity to connect with professionals is invaluable.

“I'm very grateful for the support of my networks particularly Massey University, HRNZ and Horizons. With their ongoing support, I look forward to what I can accomplish in this field.”

Rebecca recently completed her final semester of study and will soon graduate with a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in human resource management and employee relations.

She is now working full-time as a Recruitment and Retention Administrator at Care on Call Limited and continues to engage with the HRNZ Manawatū Committee.

Rebecca Jackson