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Gaining experience of the Kiwi workplace

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.

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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.

Maria Cyrene Sto. Domingo, Philippines, Diploma of Health Services Management 

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