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Balancing study and work

Jamie Ybañez balances studying for a Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies at WelTec in Wellington with part-time work at a retirement village.

Jamie, who was a nurse back home in the Philippines, does three shifts a week at the village as a healthcare assistant.

She says the work has helped her to become more patient, and given her a better understanding of New Zealand workplaces.

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Even though I speak English, the old people I work with have shown me lots of new words that I need to learn to work here. I’ve also learned more about their culture.

Jamie plans to work fulltime over the holidays after her one-year course ends, and will then apply for a 12-month post-study work visa.

Jamie Ybañez, Philippines, Graduate Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies

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