BRENDAN BOUGHEN has worked his way through an impressive line-up of PR positions, leading him to the role as Communications Manager for Microsoft New Zealand. After completing his Graduate Certificate in Business (Marketing), Boughen moved to New Zealand where he worked in a number of in-house and agency roles, before establishing his own PR company, Brendan Boughen Contracting Limited. It was here that he first secured Microsoft as a client. Boughen also freelances as a cartoonist, with his cartoons appearing regularly in a number of publications.
Favourite UniSA memory: All the great people I met during evening classes for my Postgraduate Certificate in Business Marketing. We were all in the same boat, working full-time while trying to complete assignments and balance other life commitments. That required a good sense of humour and a commitment to teamwork, and the group I was in had that in spades.
Inspiration: Music, movies, humour, nature and my family.
When I grow up: I had a long list of things that I wanted to be; actor, musician, author, etc – but the thing that consistently came top of that list is something that I have actually grown up to become, a cartoonist (www.cartoonsbyjim.com).
Career highlight: Definitely my current role as Communications Manager for Microsoft New Zealand. It’s been an incredibly exciting time to work for the company over the past two years.
Also, the experience of being my own boss has been so worthwhile and has taught me a lot of skills that I now use across my whole life.