Working part-time caring for older people in a rest home has given Maria Cyrene Sto. Domingo a head start in the New Zealand work environment.
Maria, from the Philippines, is studying for a Diploma of Health Services Management at EDENZ College, a private training establishment in Auckland.
She took two eight-hour shifts a week as a healthcare assistant in a rest home a short bus ride away from her house. Maria enjoyed the interaction with residents, especially with one elderly woman who reminded her of her grandmother.
Whenever she saw me, she’d smile and hold my face in her hands.
After eight months at the rest home, Maria started a new part-time job as a promotions assistant at Unitec Institute of Technology.
Working part-time has helped me develop my time management and communication skills and to meet people.
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