Kia Ora, I am Jacinda Shaw.

I completed my Bachelors of Sport Science and Human Performance in Hamilton through Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec). My degree was 3 years, subjects I covered within my degree were exercise physiology, sport nutrition, psychology, biomechanics and rehabilitation. I was given the opportunity to do a year long placement at Advance Wellness, working with individuals who required either rehabilitation or a physiotherapist.

Throughout school, I thought I had my career pathway planned out. I wanted to become a dietitian,it wasn’t until I started my degree that becoming a dietitian wasn’t a part of the degree I was studying. Pathways will always change and new paths will appear, I found my new interest in rehabilitation. Future studies around rehabilitation is an area I’m excited to look into.

2020 started rocky for me. I was unemployed for 3 months and found it hard to utilise information I learnt from my degree as well as putting it into practice. I was able to secure a job at a rest home as an Activities Coordinator through the rough times of Covid-19. Securing a job was a big relief but it didn’t stop the hurdles that I was faced with financially. Only working 15 hours a week i needed to seek support from the government, Communication was the biggest problem I faced with Working and income This was all a big learning curve for me and a not so good experience.

My journey working at a rest home as an activities coordinator has taught me that every day is a different day, I’m always going to be faced with a new situation that I have to find ways to overcome. The skills and knowledge I have learnt will assist me in my new job.

WhyOra has helped me to understand what it would be like to work within the health sector and sparked my interest in helping individuals to improve their quality of life through training and therapy. WhyOra provided me with support, encouragement, guidance and allowed me to express my interests and helped me to open new doors to possibilities. Receiving a cadetship from WhyOra allowed me to take a dive down a career pathway that I saw myself in. I have been given the opportunity to become a physiotherapy assistant at the Taranaki District Health Board working within the community.

I am extremely thankful to WhyOra for helping me stablish a career pathway and gaining full time employment.


Nga mihi

Jacinda Shaw