Graduate profile

westrupp-nicole-sport-ex_jpg.jpg Student: Nicole Westrupp

  • Bachelor of Health Science 2010
  • Bachelor of Health Science (honours) 2011
  • Masters in Health Science 2013

Nicole Westrupp landed her perfect job at New Zealand’s most renowned children’s hospital thanks to Massey’s health science degree.

Nicole always wanted to work with children, and now she’s a respiratory physiologist – testing children’s lung functions - at Starship Children’s Hospital.

She completed her Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Sport and Exercise at Massey in 2010, gained honours in 2011, and completed a Masters in Health Science in February 2013.

"The programme was very beneficial as it gave me the opportunity to have a taste for a wide range of skills and experiences," she says.

"From that point I was able to establish what it was I wanted to do for a career. I made a lot of great and lifelong friends. I also had the opportunity to develop some professional relationships which will carryover into my career."

She opted for postgraduate study to enhance her knowledge and increase her job prospects.

"The post-graduate research project that myself and my supervisor selected provided me with essential experience with children and exercise testing, as well as a solid paediatric physiology base."

Her advice to prospective students is to take time to work out what area of sport and exercise you want to get into and then get as much work experience as possible in that area.

"Experience is key. Make sure you volunteer anywhere where you might think you would potentially like a career. Even if you later decide that it's not a particular job you are interested in, it is still experience that you have gained which employees are looking for."

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