Chance opportunity turns into a career of caring

Chance opportunity turns into a career of caring

Lynette Gubb

NZTC Health and Wellbeing graduate Lynette Gubb landed in the caring profession by chance when the opportunity to work as a healthcare assistant at Heritage Rest Home in Wellsford came up.

Four years later she continues to care for residents at the rest home, where interacting with clients is the highlight of the job.

“Your clients become part of your family. Before my children moved back home and I was living on my own, going in to work was like going and spending time with family – everyone is interested in you and your life, and the other way around too,” said Lynette.

Before working as a healthcare assistant, she lead the in-house union at a Wellsford factory until redundancies, and eventually closure, compelled her to seek other opportunities.

For Lynette, upskilling with a New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing – Health Assistance Strand (Level 3) qualification through NZTC was not just about qualifying for higher wages under the pay equity settlement, it was to be able to show that she could do it.

“With NZTC, you know that you’ve earned your qualification because you work hard and go beyond sitting in a classroom and listening to a lecturer,” she said.

Today, Lynette splits her time between caring for clients and working as the coordinator of the Wellsford District Sport & Recreation Collective. She also dedicates her time to her other passion – netball – which she has been involved with for more than 45 years and for which she has won numerous awards for her contribution to the sport, including the prestigious Netball New Zealand Service Award.

The college’s flexible learning mode was ideal for her lifestyle. “Online learning is the way of the world nowadays. It was great being able to study while working. I could study at my own pace, and structure my studies like I wanted.”

Lynette recently gained another perspective into her role as a healthcare assistant, when she saw the care given to her late father by other carers.

“As a healthcare assistant, I have now been on both sides of the fence. I can relate with my clients’ families as I know what they are going through, seeing their loved one getting weaker and less able,” said Lynette.

“They want to know what is going on, how their loved one is doing. They want their loved one cared for with dignity and respect, as if the person doing the caring was looking after someone they loved.”