Graduate Ngatricia Gilmour talks to us about her journey from a Whitireia degree in applied arts to a career in communications with the Womens Refuge.
When she left school Ngatricia Gilmour had a clear idea of where she wanted to go. Considering herself a ‘people person’, marketing and communications seemed like an obvious career path. Ngatricia jumped into a role in marketing team at NZ Post, where she was immersed in a range of different campaigns.
The more Ngatricia was exposed to creative work, the more she wanted to chase it.
After much deliberation, Ngatricia enrolled for a desktop publishing certificate, which lead onto a degree in applied arts with a graphic design major.
“The graphic design degree at Whitireia was perfect for me. I was an older student who was making a career change, and the tutors really made me feel comfortable.”
After graduating, Ngatricia dived straight into it. As the Mana Zonta award winner of her year, Ngatricia received a financial leg up, allowing her the freedom to start working as a freelance graphic designer. Until her friend mentioned a job going at a local design studio - a role she landed despite competition from university graduate applicants.
Now Ngatricia works as the Publication and Communications Coordinator at Women’s Refuge.
“I love being able to combine both areas of my expertise. The path to getting here hasn’t been linear, but I’ve gained so much experience along the way.”