Redundancy leads to a healthier career
CPIT graduate Rochelle Pereiro has easily made the transition from student to working full time as a nurse in a busy accident and medical clinic.
Three years ago, Rochelle’s life was thrown into disarray when she was made redundant from her office job. However, the redundancy turned out to be a blessing in disguise which led her to a much more satisfying career.
Rochelle decided that, rather than apply for new office jobs, she needed to invest in study in order to get a role that would have more secure career prospects.
“I wasn’t as young as I used to be and I wanted a job that would last. I looked around and saw that most of the older women who were still working were nurses. I wanted to be one of them and decided I needed to go back and study.”
Rochelle started studying her Bachelor of Nursing at CPIT in 2011. Before enrolling, Rochelle spoke to a variety of people and was encouraged by the fact that everyone she talked to loved nursing.
“Without fail all of them said, ‘just do it, there’s tons of different jobs that you can do,” she says.
“I thought ‘I want to be with them, they’re cool, and they’re all fine with their jobs’.”
Rochelle immediately loved the nursing course, in particular the hands-on experience and the variety of work environments. She tried placements in mental health, geriatric, hospitals, in the community and at an accident and medical clinic.
“There are so many different jobs you can get with nursing. If you like children you can specialise in paediatrics or if you like research you can go into that area. I liked that you’re not stuck in one thing.”
She graduated from CPIT last year and began working in the accident and medical clinic at Pegasus Health’s 24 Hour Surgery.
“I did a placement with them and I just loved it. Every day I learn something new and I really enjoy helping and caring for people.”
Rochelle knows her degree can take her anywhere across the world.
“With a CPIT nursing degree under your arm you can go anywhere in the world and work as it is recognised internationally. I think that’s one of the best things about having a nursing degree: you really do have so many opportunities.”
However, for now she is happy to stay in Christchurch.
“I feel very privileged to be working here with such a brilliant team and I am so glad I went back to study rather than just try to get another office job,” she says.
“CPIT really does have some of the best outcomes for their graduates of any nursing school in New Zealand.”