Dream it, be it
“When I joined Wellington UniVentures as an intern in 2018, I could not have anticipated that in less than three years I would be working as a commercialisation manager and in a team with two additional analysts.
I always knew I wanted to work at the interface of business and research, but didn’t quite know how. But thanks to guidance and mentorship from my colleagues in the Intellectual Property Commercialisation (IPC) team, I’ve been challenged and supported in ways that have helped to put me exactly where I wanted to be.
The opportunities I’ve been given to develop both myself and my career have been amazing. More importantly, as I’ve been given each new responsibility, it’s been done in a manageable, well-staggered way, so I feel pretty lucky."
No two days the same
"As an Analyst for the IP Commercialisation team, I get to screen the ideas and inventions that come out of Victoria University of Wellington's world-class research, to identify early-stage projects with commercial potential.
This means working across an incredible variety of industries and technologies, which I really enjoy—every day is different. It might be molecules for potentially life-saving drugs one day; the next, it's spectroscopy instruments or computer algorithms.
Wellington UniVentures encourages me to push my boundaries—within a really supportive environment—and to grow through professional development initiatives. Add to that the fun, social team, and you've got a great place to work!"
Moving up to management
"Wellington UniVentures has a strong focus on developing its employees. I first started working for the company in 2017 as a Senior Administrator and then, as the company grew, I was promoted to Human Resources Manager and given a large amount of autonomy to structure and develop the role.
I love learning, so around the same time I began studying for an MBA—encouraged and supported by many of my colleagues, including the CEO. It was a great opportunity to develop my management skills and the team helped out by allowing me to interview them for assignments, or by just giving feedback on assignments before hand-in.
I have to say that the company's support—and this includes things like study leave—has really helped me to grow personally as well as professionally."
Anna du Fresne