3rd-year student, Bachelor of Health Science in Managing Care of the Older Person
There will be a high demand for healthcare professionals who specialise in the care of the older person, says Bachelor of Health Science student My Linh (Liz) Nguyen.
“New Zealand’s ageing population is increasing faster than we can accommodate for. I would definitely recommend the Bachelor of Health Science in Managing Care of the Older Person to people who are passionate about the care of older people.
“Eventually I would love to work for the Ministry of Health or for a district health board in a position that enables me to plan and design strategies to help the older population have a better quality of life.”
Choosing where to study was easy, says Liz who came to AUT as an international student from Vietnam.
“I chose AUT because it’s the fastest growing university in New Zealand, with a wide range of high-quality staff who are dedicated to helping students succeed. I also appreciate AUT’s approach to teaching and learning, which helps students develop their academic knowledge as well as essential critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills.”
Studying at AUT has taught her a comprehensive approach to healthcare, Liz says.
“I believe that AUT is preparing me well for my role in the ever-growing health sector. I’ve enjoyed learning about the ageing global population and how to prevent the issues that come with it. It’s been interesting to learn about the different ways the world approaches healthcare and to explore what changes New Zealand could implement to better look after its ageing population.”
A new start
Studying in a different country has had its challenges, Liz admits.
“Being in a new country where people speak a different language has been a challenge for me. However, I’ve enjoyed being around students and staff from all over the world, which has helped make the transition to New Zealand less intimidating.”
Liz’s advice to other international students is to get out of your comfort zone.
“Make sure you get out of your comfort zone, and meet different types of people and put yourself in situations where you can learn and develop. Don’t forget to have good faith in yourself and your ability to complete your studies.”
Last updated: 31-Aug-2017 7.44am
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