Microbiologist, Watercare Laboratory Services
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and Microbiology
Diploma in Applied Science
When she was feeling a bit lost after high school, enrolling in a diploma helped her find her future pathway, says Brooke Proffitt-Crean who came to AUT to study a Diploma in Applied Science, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and Microbiology.
“When I was in high school, I never really thought too much about what I would do or what job I was going to aim for in the future. I knew I enjoyed science and learning new things I’d never heard of before, so I studied a Diploma in Applied Science to get a feel for what I had ambition towards.
“I had heard good things about AUT and they had the courses I was interested in. There were also buses that travelled between AUT’s campuses, which made travelling to uni much easier as I didn’t have a car.”
Brooke’s plan worked and during her diploma she discovered that she particularly enjoyed biomedical science and microbiology.
“After the diploma, I decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. Because I had already done the diploma and could cross-credit some courses, most of my courses ended up being microbiology electives, which was more than enough to add a major in microbiology as well. So that's what I did.”
A passion for microbiology
Brooke had plenty of highlights throughout her time at AUT.
“The lecturers Associate Professor Donnabella Lacap-Bugler and Dr Brent Seale were amazing in making you excited about their subjects, and this sparked my joy for microbiology even further. Another highlight for me were the friends I made along the way, and the fun new food places we found walking around the city.”
Since completing her studies, she now enjoys applying what she has learnt at AUT in her role as a microbiologist for Watercare Laboratory Services.
“I started this role in mid-2021 and it’s an amazing place of work, with great growth potential. This year feels like a big milestone for me – as well as starting my career, I'm also moving out for the first time and am looking at buying my first proper car.”
Advice for other students
Brooke, who completed her degree in 2020, has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to follow the dopamine – you’re never more productive or retentive than if you're learning something you genuinely enjoy.”
Try to stay focused, she adds.
“For me, staying focused was the biggest issue. If I started studying, I'd somehow end up doing something completely unrelated to what I started doing. But eventually I’d get the time in and get it done.”