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“I love the range of activity in this job and everything I did in my course is relevant.”
I’m at the end of my second year as an apprentice with Ken Topp Builders, so I come to block courses at NorthTec for two weeks twice a year.
About a month into the course the tutor said there was an apprenticeship coming up at what was then Brian Craig Engineering, which specialised in machining rather than fabrication, so I grabbed the opportunity
Now that I’m in the ward working, I realise that I utilise every bit of information that we learnt as students. It all comes together.
I majored in photography but in my last year at NorthTec my body of work was looking at how women are perceived in art. Flowers are often used as symbols of women, and that seeded my interest in flowers.
Absolutely everything from the course is relevant to my job. . The best part of the job is talking to the customers and making sure they’re happy.
I’m learning to shift stock, check on the calves, feed out, do fencing, and weed with the chainsaw. I love that there’s lots of diversity in a day
My degree has already landed me a good job in digital arts in Auckland - and a surprise award at graduation.
One of our study subjects was consumer behaviour so it’s fascinating now to see the exact things we learnt about, played out in life. All of what we learnt is a perfect fit for my work now.
I’m a different person with regards to my confidence, skills and self-esteem since I’ve done my nursing training and started working in the hospital 18 months ago
The mentoring/tutoring from the late Te Kuiti Stewart had a profound influence on me and my work as a practitioner, and as a tutor of whakairo.
We’re very lucky that NorthTec and the DHB work so closely together to ensure our training is the best fit for what they want from graduates. The tutors are fantastically supportive and I still have conversations now with them.
I am so happy working at the orthopaedic ward now. Everything I studied is relevant to my job here and I’m applying it in practice.
I especially like that everything we do here is underpinned by our values of exceeding expectations, coaching, fresh thinking, being passionate, and having life balance.
It has taken 15 years to turn my life around and six years to complete my degree but my life has now changed forever
I previously have tended to keep to myself but here everyone is so different and friendly, and as an artist I found that nourishing and inspiring.
I’ve gone from being painfully shy to being confident enough to enjoy all aspects of hospitality work. The tutors really model what’s possible and I’ve learned from them how to be adaptable.
On my first Mayoral campaign trail back in 2013, someone asked me whether would I learn Te Reo if I became Mayor. I said yes. And I have.
I did a two-week internship with a power company and later that year they offered me regular contract work. That company offered me a permanent role and I’m really enjoying it
In my last year of the course I was offered a place in Level 7 which requires students to complete a major project. It was a perfect opportunity for me to write my 82,000 word novel.
I am now very grateful to be working in a job I love as a practice nurse at Onerahi Family Healthcare Centre. I’ve grown a lot in confidence and in my ability to know I can help others thanks to NorthTec’s fantastic degree.