Study at USC pays off
USC ranked third of 41 in new report
MARIA Chikwakukire left Zimbabwe in 2007 seeking the promised land of Australia.
She went to the University of the Sunshine Coast with hopes of becoming a nurse.
She chose wisely in USC, which is ranked third out of 41 institutions for “overall satisfaction” between employer and graduate.
A new Federal Government report shows USC had an 88 per cent approval, making it one of the top universities in Australia in terms of providing graduates with the skills employers need.
After graduating with flying colours 18 months ago, Ms Chikwakukire is proof of where one’s dedication to studies can take a person.
She scored a position at the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital in the cardiology ward and was recently awarded a Ramsay Healthcare scholarship.
“University was intense and a huge learning curve at the beginning. It did take time to settle in,” Ms Chikwakuire said.
“However I adapted and adjusted as time went by. I found the uni gave me teamwork skills to work well with other people.
“USC were great with its proximity to the training hospitals and diversity of clinical placements. They gave so many opportunities during placement.”
The international student said USC paved her way forward well.
“Getting a job was challenging. I had to sit English exams which resulted in delays in registering with AHPRA,” she said.
“I learn every day and as I continue to grow and develop my nursing skills I find I am still learning.
“Yes the training paid off as I continue to expand my skills and knowledge. It gave me the confidence to pursue working in the private sector. My advice would be to not give up in finding a graduate position. Keep applying as hard work pays off.”
LEARNING EVERY DAY: Maria Chikwakukire graduated from USC and for last 18 months has worked with the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.