Hayden Eastmond-Mein is in the thick of it at Parliament as a digital advisor in the Green Party Leaders' Office.
Career: Digital advisor
Programme: Bachelor of Arts
Subjects: Politics and International Relations; Media, Film and Television
"As a Digital Advisor I work in the Green Party's Digital Team. We manage the Party's digital communications through social media, web and email. That means working with MPs and our team of Political Advisors to develop messaging, design graphics or video, and plan where, when and to whom we’re communicating.
"It's really exciting being in the thick of it at Parliament, particularly within a party that gives its staff a high level of input into decision-making. It's pretty non-stop. You're constantly having to figure out the best way to communicate complex issues, make quick decisions about what to focus on, and give insightful advice – all while being as accurate as possible.
"Knowledge of the New Zealand political system and its history is certainly a big help when you’re working in Parliament. Aside from that, I think the emphasis on critical thinking and the exposure to a broad range of topics you get in an Arts degree is hugely helpful.
"I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I left high school, so I decided to study things I was interested in, rather than be purely career-minded about my choice.
"I completed my BA part-time between jobs and travel and can really recommend studying part time. The life lessons you learn outside of university make studying more interesting and give what you're learning more context.
"This breadth of knowledge and experience is really important and something that’s seen as quite valuable in political staffers."