After working her way through UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Study & Career Preparation programmes, Teara Taylor is excited to start her Bachelor of Nursing studies.
Teara got her first taste of UCOL while at Kuranui College. She completed the U-Skills Academy Hair and Beauty programme in 2016, but it was the U-Skills Health programme the following year that really helped her decide where her future lay.
“I love the human body; it’s so interesting. I always wanted to have a career in the medical industry, but U-Skills really helped me decide that I want to become a nurse,” says Teara.
While studying U-Skills Health, Teara heard about UCOL’s NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation programmes. These programmes give graduates the skills required for higher level study at UCOL.
Teara says these programmes helped her build her maths and science knowledge, while also expanding her communication and study skills.
“These programmes were so good. They have given me so much knowledge, and all of the support from the staff was really amazing.”
“In our class, we all worked together as a team preparing for the exams. That working together was a highlight for me.”
Teara says she also received great support from UCOL’s Student Success team, who helped her get her head around the online learning platform Moodle, and using the library.
“When I was in the Hub, the staff would notice when I needed some assistance and they’d be quick to come over and offer their help. They know when you need help without you having to ask for it.”
“I’m really excited about starting my Nursing degree. With all of the support here I’m feeling really comfortable. I’m excited to be on a track that’s setting me up for the rest of my life.”
“I’m looking forward to the clinical placements, because I’ll be able to gain experience and expand my communication and people skills.”
Teara’s dream is to one day work as nurse in a labour and birthing ward.