Alumni Destinations: “How I became a Policy Analyst.”
30 May 2018
Ruby Hale, alumna from our inaugural 2013 Cohort, is currently working as an Assistant Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Education. Here, she shares a few words about her journey, her motivations, and some advice to live by.
Kia ora! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Ko Aoraki te maunga
Ko ōtākaro te awa
Ko Ngati Pākeha te iwi
Ko Hale taku ingoa whānau
Nō Ōtautahi ahau
Kei Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara taku kainga
Ko Ruby taku ingoa.
My name’s Ruby, and I’m an alumna of Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu’s inaugural 2013 Cohort, where I taught English at Alfriston College in Manurewa. I’m currently working as an Assistant Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Education.
What drew you into this sector?
Originally, I had a strong interest in aid and development, and was really fascinated by issues of global inequality. Working with the Salvation Army in Christchurch really brought to my attention the issues of inequality and inequity in Aotearoa. I saw education as having the potential to be used as a tool to promote equity, and for giving people opportunities to make positive changes in life. Throughout my time as a participant and an alumna of the Teach First NZ Programme, I always maintained an interest in the bigger systems and structures of the education system and their role in either promoting equity or perpetuating inequity, or both. After completing further study in Public Policy, I’ve made the move into the Policy space, working in the Pasifika Education Policy team at the Ministry of Education. I see Policy as an opportunity to make sure that the education system is responsive to everybody, and to ensure that it gives everybody a fair and equitable chance. As it stands, there’s more work to be done.
What would be your #1 piece of advice for people who want to make a difference?