Name: Chandni Steveni
“Working in the health sector fills a huge part of my purpose and I will continue in this work in this field for a long time to come.”
From South Africa to New Zealand – In South Africa I worked in the field of financial management and auditing but when we moved I had three little children so I didn’t work for the first year. I found work at a rest home through a friend of mine and discovered that I really enjoyed working with elderly people, then I got a job at CMA (companion and morning activities for seniors) and now I supervise two centres.
Upskilling with NZTC – I have been working with CMA for seven years, and I’ve done small courses to upskill along the way, but I want a greater theoretical knowledge in health and wellbeing. I always try to develop in the area that I am in but I have four kids so sometimes it is hard to find the time. One of the reasons that I chose NZTC is because you can study online and that allows me to manage my time around family and work commitments.
Career motivations – My mother and father have both passed away so spending time with elderly people fills a void for me. It has made me more empathetic towards people and over the last few years I have focused more on my purpose. Working in the health sector fills a huge part of my purpose and I will continue to work in this field for a long time to come.
Care philosophies – One of the biggest things that I have learnt from caring for seniors is that their needs are so different from ours, but at the same time, so similar. No matter where we are in life, we all need to feel important and to have companionship but each elderly individual will have a different level of ability that you need to be aware of.
Enjoyment of working in healthcare – For me, I enjoy the fact that we bring together people that might otherwise be isolated. Elderly people can meet others that are like-minded, socialise and come out of their shells. I think we all need that regardless of where we are in our life.