Behnam decided to turn an interest in film into a career in Medical Imaging with UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging Technology).
Behnam has been a globe trotter from a young age, born in Iran and living in Turkey, New Zealand and Australia, Behnam knew he wanted a career he could travel with and contribute back to society at the same time.
After studying Film Making and Photography at the New Zealand Film and TV school in 2008, Behnam realising that in his case, film making was more of an artistic expression than a career path.
“I revisited my initial interests out of school and wanted to find something that paid well, was meaningful, where I could travel and that encompassed science/physics or mathematics.”
Whilst studying Medical Imaging, Behnam was on placements in Wellington and Kenepuru hospitals for large periods of time, alongside theory based work on the UCOL Palmerston North campus.
“The practical aspect of this qualification was invaluable, providing industry connections and ensuring that we were better equipped, both academically and practically.”
These industry connections were another highlight of Behnam’s time at UCOL as forming connections with classmates and lecturers are key in the close knit Medical Imaging community.
“My lecturers at UCOL have been extremely approachable and supportive and there are great student support services available in an informal setting which ensures all students feel comfortable accessing academic and personal support.”
Behnam is currently taking a break after a long six years of study and working as a Youth Worker. He is looking forward to entering the public health sector and eventually travelling to the Pacific Islands to volunteer his medical imaging skills to communities in need.