Study at USC pays off

USC ranked third of 41 in new re­port

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - Matty Holdsworth

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.”

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

LEARN­ING EV­ERY DAY: Maria Chik­wakukire grad­u­ated from USC and for last 18 months has worked with the Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal.

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