JOB: Medical Radiation Technologist, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Radiology Department
QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Imaging)
"I originally wanted to be a dancer, but injuries prevented this. The many x-rays, MRI scans, nuclear medicine scans and ultrasound scans I had along the way unlocked a new interest in radiology. The medical imaging programme at Unitec is a mixture of theory and practice. It’s hard work – you often spend your holidays in clinical placements - but the small classes allow you to build strong relationships with your classmates and tutors.
A proud moment for me was receiving the Unitec Senior Scholar Award at graduation, which shows that hard work does pay off! My qualification is 100% relevant to my job now. Having a clinical placement at Middlemore Hospital really helped me as I was exposed to working life as a radiographer from day one. I love that no day is ever the same. Radiation technologists work all over the hospital (general, emergency, superclinic, theatre, screening), and I really enjoy this fast-paced environment.
I don’t know yet where my future will take me but there are so many opportunities with a medical imaging degree. I could do postgraduate study in mammography, ultrasound, MRI or nuclear medicine, or I could even travel abroad with my degree."