Patricia Parre discovers her career in policy at New Zealand Treasury

Meet New Zealand Treasury at the 2020 CDES Business and Law Expo!

Did your career plan change as you studied?

I chose to study Law because I knew that I had a strong interest in problem solving, analysis and most importantly, helping others. Initially, I thought that the most rewarding way to do this would be as a practising lawyer – however when I learnt more about policy and after completing my internship at the Treasury, I decided that a career in policy would enable me to effect change at a wider level.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?

I’d like to still be working on interesting, challenging policy work, where there is a clear connection between the work and helping to improve the lives of all New Zealanders.

How valuable was your internship programme for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?

I found interning at Treasury was invaluable to helping me realise that this was the career path I wanted to pursue. Before my internship, I only knew a little about what Government did, and even less about Treasury’s role in the State Sector. I learnt a lot, and the people I worked with were really brilliant at their jobs and supported my professional development. I completed the internship during my final year of study, and it gave me the motivation to a graduate role at the Treasury as well.