Graduate’s confidence boosted through Level 2 study
There are few jobs as rewarding as being a healthcare assistant, says Level 2 graduate Maddie Beardsmore.
“You just get so much satisfaction out of it. You see the smiles on your clients’ faces and they’re so funny, it really does brighten your day. That’s all you need in life really, is someone to make you laugh.”
Maddie initially began her career working with children, but realised her passion for aged care after supporting her nana throughout a battle with cancer.
Determined to provide the best possible care to her clients, the healthcare assistant always dreamed of gaining a qualification but was worried she would struggle due to her dyslexia.
Since completing the Level 2, however, Maddie has gained a new sense of confidence. She now plans to complete further study with NZTC and is also considering a nursing or midwifery qualification in the future.
“I’ve 100% enjoyed studying with NZTC. The college is really helpful and has supported me to reach my goal. That’s why I’m now planning to complete Level 3 and 4,” she said.
“It has definitely made me more confident. Before, I was always asking before I do things, but now that I have the information I’m more confident to say it out loud.”
Maddie particularly enjoyed a course on culturally sensitive care, which helped her to grow closer to one of her clients as she was able to demonstrate her understanding of tikanga practices.
Her advice for other healthcare assistants considering study is to “Go for it, don’t hold back”.
“It’s something you’ve got to strive for. All the staff at NZTC are really helpful and you’ll gain so much new information.”
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