Wed 18 Jul 2018

Mid-term work pays off

Eleven students took advantage of the learning on offer at a day-long seminar organised at WITT by tutor Shelley Kelsen-Macdonald this week.

“It was organised as a professional development day in the term break for the students to listen to speakers and gain further knowledge without too many interruptions to their regular timetable,” Shelley explained. “They love hearing and seeing new techniques but this can be hard to fit into the academic year.”

Highlights of the day included Tracey Feaver’s sacred stone massage demonstration and having former WITT student Kellie Harrison demonstrate and also discuss the story of her new Mangorei Rd business Lash Amore.

Kellie’s talk encouraged the students to think about patience and perseverance in learning.

Paula Barkley, who has just celebrated her first anniversary at the helm of New Plymouth’s Caci Clinic discussed CVs and the importance of “capturing” an employer when applying for a job.

Registered nurse Chelsea Langman discussed skin cancer and her role at New Plymouth’s Carefirst Medical Centre. She also gave students access to a dermoscope, which enabled them to take a closer look at some lesions.

Former WITT students Casey Miller and Haley MainDonald - now in her first year of nursing – led a panel discussion to support and provide answers to questions from a student’s perspective

Shelley said the idea behind the day was to inspire the students and feed their passion for the industry.

“There was something for everyone and the day was enjoyed by all. It’s a way to expose and give further skills to add to their kete of existing knowledge,” she said.


Picture: Former WITT student and now business owner Kellie Harrison works on current student Dione Riley during the professional development day.