Open doors with a qualification

Open doors with a qualification

Hayley Veatupu, a New Zealand born Tongan, completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 2018 at NMIT Te Pūkenga. She is now back on campus as a social worker funded by the Ministry of Health.
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Hayley Veatupu works at NMIT

“The care and energy invested into learners here at NMIT is massive. We want to see ākonga succeed,” she says. “We value relationships here and recognise that people have their own lives to live. We help study work for you.”

Her door is open to all who could use some support. A solo mother during her studies and of Pasifika descent, she draws from her life experiences to help learners navigate their mental health and wellbeing.

Growing up, Hayley was inspired by the mahi of local community social worker, Eddie Fa’avae. She saw his positive impact on the Pasifika community but recognised much of the work he did was not seen. This inspired Hayley to get qualified, work in her own community and push for more funded programs.

“You can do the work, but by having the right training and qualifications, such as an internationally recognised degree from NMIT, doors are opened. It’s a real game changer,” she says.

Hayley was offered no less than four different jobs after graduating.

“It was very easy to get a job. I also felt industry ready. That extra year and the two placements make a world of difference.”

A wide range of social work is available to graduates in sectors from health to housing and education. Social workers can grow and evolve their careers, making it work for themselves and their families.

“You can work in the Emergency Department in the hospital, or Oranga Tamariki, or with the elderly in your community. You can work part-time. I can do this until I’m 70 if I want to,” Hayley says.

Hayley chose to study social work because she loves working with people. Like many, she had life experience and was ready to give back to her community.

“Most people we see studying social work are down-to-earth, kind people. We come from all walks of life.”

Visit our website or contact us to learn more about studying social work at NMIT(external link).

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