3rd-year student, Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)
She has a passion for working with people, says Cathryn Voyce who came to AUT to complete a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy).
“Prior to coming to AUT, I was working in public healthcare as an allied health assistant. I often found myself advocating for our clients’ wellbeing, and realised I wanted to be in a position to make a difference.
“I’ve always been drawn to how holistic occupational therapy is, and how we can enhance health and wellbeing through promoting people’s ability to engage in things they need and want to do. I also loved the idea of being able to work in so many different settings.”
Now in the final year of her studies, Cathryn already has a clear idea what she wants to do next.
“I’d love to work in paediatrics. My final clinical placement in a community paediatrics setting was so inspiring. I had that moment where it all fell into place and I realised this is my absolute dream career.”
Deciding to study at AUT was easy for Cathryn.
“I had heard about AUT’s reputation as a highly regarded university, and the structure of the occupational therapy degree suited my learning. It offers a great mix of theory and practical opportunities.
“I came to AUT from Australia, so at first I didn’t know anyone and was quite nervous to start university. But I quickly realised that the occupational therapy cohort is one big, supportive family. We’ve all helped each other throughout the years, and it’s the most genuine, inclusive and caring group of people I’ve belonged to.”
Being involved in a summer student research project was one of the highlights of her time at AUT, Cathryn says.
“It was a great experience to be able to work alongside health professionals and produce research that could be utilised in the future. I highly recommend looking at the AUT scholarships web page and apply for opportunities like this.”
Advice for other students
Now in the final stages of her studies, Cathryn has some great advice for other students.
“Enjoy learning! I feel like I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone during the degree, but it’s really empowering to embrace the opportunities you’re given, and step up to the challenge. You learn so much about yourself and what you’re able to achieve.”
She would highly recommend AUT’s occupational therapy degree.
“Occupational therapy is such an amazing and diverse career that can take you in so many different directions.”