‘Sky is your limit’

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‘‘Be­lieve in your­self, the sky is the limit if you are pre­pared to make sac­ri­fices’’, was the mes­sage de­liv­ered to a group of year 12 and 13 Porirua Col­lege science stu­dents by Fi­jian med­i­cal stu­dent Ron Man­ulevu on July 6.

Ron is a third-year med­i­cal stu­dent study­ing at Auck­land Univer­sity. He grad­u­ated from Otago Univer­sity with bach­e­lor of science and mas­ter of science de­grees and then took a pol­icy job be­fore de­cid­ing to pur­sue his long-term dream of be­com­ing a doc­tor.

A for­mer Aotea Col­lege boy, he re­turns home to spend time with his fam­ily, as well as do part-time work, dur­ing the hol­i­days.

‘‘ My dad passed away un­ex­pect­edly in 2007 and it made me re­alise you never know what the fu­ture holds. My par­ents sac­ri­ficed a lot, they put me on the right path and I want to make them proud,’’ Ron told the Porirua Col­lege stu­dents.

He and his col­league from the Min­istry of Health, Jonathan Mal­ifa, were in­vited to ad­dress the stu­dents as part of Part­ners Porirua’s ‘‘Fu­tures in Health’’ pro­gramme. The pro­gramme aims to mo­ti­vate stu­dents and make them aware of the range of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the health sec­tor.

Jonathan spoke about other op­por­tu­ni­ties to fur­ther stud­ies, say­ing he was in the process of work­ing and study­ing ed­u­ca­tion and pol­icy, part time.

Part­ners Porirua man­ager Michelle Robin­son said this was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the col­lege stu­dents to talk to other young peo­ple from their com­mu­nity, and the ca­reer path­ways they are tak­ing.

‘‘Many of the young peo­ple we work with do not re­alise their true po­ten­tial. Of­ten they have a lim­ited vi­sion about what the fu­ture can hold for them. Part­ners Porirua is all about de­vel­op­ing our youth and as­sist­ing them to make good ca­reer choices.’’

Photo: MICHELLE ROBIN­SON

Of­fer­ing ad­vice: Ron Man­ulevu, back left, and Jonathan Mal­ifa, back right, with the Porirua Col­lege science stu­dents they spoke to re­cently.

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