Name: Sky Sanghvi
For NZTC graduate Sky Sanghvi, strong caring values come naturally after an upbringing in India that emphasised unconditional family support as a ‘moral duty’.
It was these strong family values that led Sky to pursue a new life in New Zealand, with her brother supporting her to move to Auckland where she began work as a Healthcare Assistant.
Sky initially saw her new role as nothing but a simple means of employment, but after over ten years working as a Life and Wellbeing Support Worker she now considers it an honour and a privilege.
“My clients have helped me to find myself and grow with an open heart and mind,” said Sky.
“My job gives me the drive to excel in all aspects of my personal and professional life. I am reminded every day about the value of life and how to face adversities head on.”
The Healthcare Assistant decided to upskill with the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) (Level 4), a qualification that has given her a new perspective on the care she provides.
“This course is not just a certificate. It creates an understanding of a different paradigm in healthcare and brings things into perspective, making you more accepting of your limits in providing care,” Sky said.
“One of the most important attributes of our work is knowledge about the care we’re providing. Since studying at NZTC I’ve become so much more aware of what I am doing and am now equipped with better decision-making capabilities.”
Sky was initially hesitant about online learning, but with the help of NZTC staff she quickly became comfortable using computers and technology.
“The online learning experience was new to me but with the excellent support from staff it all became simplified and comprehensible. I never thought one day I’d become proficient on the computer,” she said.