Scholarship Spotlight – Toi Ohomai Study Award

Tracey Old is on her way to achieving her health care career goals

Tracey Old is one of this year’s recipients of the Study Award. The Award aims to minimise financial barriers for second chance learners from the Toi Ohomai rohe and support them to achieve qualifications.

Tracey graduated from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a National Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) in 2021 and is embarking on Level 4 study this year. Tracey’s goal is to work as a health care professional and is keeping her options open. Tracey says

“There are many routes I can go – I’m contemplating mental health, aged care, neonatal, and possibly even nursing. This scholarship means I can afford to study at Level 4 and further explore my career options”.  

After receiving careers advice from the Toi Ohomai careers team, Tracey found a new job and applied for a scholarship.

“Things are looking up for me. The support I have received has got me into a really good position. I have a new job and this scholarship makes a huge difference – I am excited and confident about the future”.

Congratulations to Tracey on the award, we look forward to being part of your Toi Ohomai journey. 

If you would like to explore scholarship options visit:  https://careers.toiohomai.ac.nz/tools-and-resources/     and contact careers@toiohomai.ac.nz for an appointment with a Careers and Employability Facilitator.

Nau mai, haere mai to studying in 2022!

Kia ora Students! Welcome to your Careers & Employability service.

Supporting you in your career journey and enabling you to succeed is our job. We are here to support you take that first step in planning your career, or maybe the next step in terms of realising your ambitions.

Our service includes:

  •         CVs, personal statements, and job application coaching
  •         Advice on finding work experience, internships, and volunteering opportunities
  •         Guidance for interviews and networking
  •         Scholarship and award applications
  •         Employability skills workshops and webinars
  •         Employer events for you to attend both in-person and online
  •         Digital career resources you can access 24/7

We very much look forward to working with you, and we encourage you to make the most of the many opportunities and experiences available at Toi Ohomai, especially the careers services!

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Hope to see you soon

From Careers Event to Registered Nurse

Friday, 15 Jan 2021

A chance opportunity five years ago to attend a careers event with a friend opened the door for 21-year-old Katelyn London to become a Registered Nurse.

“My friend wanted to go to a careers lecture about nursing and she didn’t want to go alone, so I went along. While I was there I really enjoyed the talk and thought I could see myself doing that,” says the Rotorua local, who completed her degree at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a pinning ceremony on Friday, 15 January.

Katelyn and 14 other nursing classmates will formally graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing on 13 April 2021 at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre.  

A student at John Paul College when she attended the careers event, Katelyn (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) made sure she studied what was required to follow a Registered Nurse pathway by adding maths and science subjects to her studies.

Throughout her studies, Katelyn has been supported by Kia Ora Hauora, the national Māori health workforce development programme.

“I registered with Kia Ora Hauora in my final year at high school, so I’ve been lucky to have their support throughout my studies. I wasn’t aware about scholarships or know the process of applying for them. They helped me identify which ones I could apply for, helped me Identify my whakapapa, and supported me in my journey as a student nurse.”

This year Katelyn received the Hauora Māori Health Scholarship (Ministry of Health), Māori Education Trust Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship, and the Florence Nightingale Memorial Award (New Zealand Nurses Organisation).

On 15 February Katelyn will start her working career at Lakes DHB in Rotorua Hospital’s Medical Ward under the Nurse Entry to Practise (NETP) programme. Katelyn wants to make the most of her time in the medical ward, but would also like to work in emergency and surgical departments or an Intensive Care Unit. She also has a longer-term goal of being a nurse practitioner.

We wish you all the best with your career Katelyn!

Toi Ohomai Graduate – Levi Chand’s Strong Foundations

.. it helps to know that I’m not alone in this journey – my whānau, iwi, hapu are all with me. That makes me more determined to break barriers.

Levi Chand

Rather than sitting on the couch clocking up Netflix hours, Levi Chand has used the COVID-19 pandemic to focus the vision for his ideal career path. 

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Management from Toi Ohomai, Levi has been contracting to a business solutions firm that helps indigenous organisations reach their goals. He says he helps to build and develop current business trends that will make a difference to his clients’ future.

But with the pandemic and lockdown, Levi says his focus has shifted and he wants to move into a management role in the public sector.

He says he knows the move will have its challenges because “it isn’t always easy being Māori and walking the corporate corridors”.

“I know with this type of power comes great responsibility but I want this to be my success as a change leader. I also need to be sitting at the table with the big guns if I’m going to achieve my goal. A wise man once said: ‘Do you want to sit at the table or be the server?’ It’s a little harsh but it resonates with me as a young Māori.

“And it helps to know that I’m not alone in this journey – my whānau, iwi, hapu are all with me. That makes me more determined to break barriers.”

Levi is fiercely proud of being Māori and it’s his desire to help his people that drives him.

He says being raised in Te Aō Māori has provided him with strong foundations and experiences like being able to perform for Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Whakaue gave him the confidence he needed to foot it in the business world.

“My whakapapa, my heritage, plays a significant role in my life. Let’s be real, without them, we wouldn’t be here. I’m grateful that my ancestors were with me through the highs and lows, peaks and troughs. 

“Knowing they had my back through the tears and triumphs made it a little easier. Whakapapa is all about identity. A line of descent, connecting us to all living things. It’s this understanding that drives me to succeed in my own goals, because I know I’m helping to make a better place for my people, my whenua and those generations to come, just like my ancestors did.”

He says studying at Toi Ohomai has helped him work towards this goal by giving him the skills and experience that he needed.

Before studying at Toi Ohomai, Levi worked in the national accounts team at an international food service provider. But he says he knew if he wanted to grow and actually help people, he needed a qualification.

While studying at Toi Ohomai he also worked three days a week for the first two years, then in his final year he was selected to be part of an internship programme at Rotorua Lakes Council in the Organisational Development team. 

Levi says when he finished the internship, he focused on studying, which helped him tighten up his already impressive skillset. 

“It was the best decision I made. I wasn’t getting A+’s all the way through, but it was close and it meant I could really focus. It also inspired me to look at further study and one day I would like to return to do my master’s degree.”

What Students Say About Our Services

From July – end of November 2020 we recieved nearly 300 reponses from students across all campuses.

84% said our service was “Extremely Useful” and 14% “Somewhat useful”. Therefore, 98% benefited positively from our sessions. These are just a few of the comments;

Everything was useful. From CV content and Cover letters, even helping me on relating my skills to the internship program I am applying for.

Got the things sorted where I was confused …

The thought process of getting to where you want was very helpful. Elevator pitches are great 🙂

It has helped us to be more confident and professional while telling about yourself in an interview.

Understanding the view of the employer

The advice,  tips and hints I was given were extremely helpful. And the follow-up support is great.

My LinkedIn profile and how to make it more interesting. Thank you.

It was confidence building

Learned so many new things about cvs and what to put on it … mine needs a lot of work lol…which I now can fix up.

Very professional

What to include (in your CV) when you’ve had a different career but no experience in the industry you’re now training in

So what are you waiting for?! Make an appointment today at the Library desk or email careers@toiohomai.ac.nz We look forward to hearing from you.