Graduate profile

Huggett-Jessie.jpg Student: Jessie Huggett
Graduated: 2012

The reputation enjoyed by Massey graduates for their practical ability in New Zealand medical laboratories led Jessie Huggett to the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science.

She completed her degree in 2012 and secured her current job at the New Zealand Blood Service a week before her final exam.

She’s now a medical laboratory scientist working in the transfusion medicine area of the blood bank at Dunedin Hospital.

"I’m involved in testing pre-transfusion and diagnostic blood samples. We are responsible for ensuring that a person requiring a transfusion is receiving compatible blood. It is an exciting and busy place to work, as we are often urgently required to provide blood components and products in trauma cases, post-partum haemorrhages and surgeries."

Jessie says the degree was interesting and challenging, and she was fascinated by the content covered and its relevance to everyday medical practice.

"This degree provided me with a firm practical and theoretical foundation on which to begin my future career."

For her fourth year placements, she spent four months working at Melbourne’s Monash Medical Centre, and then a few months within the transfusion unit at the Palmerston North New Zealand Blood Service branch.

"My placement in Australia was a great chance to see many different and difficult cases that I would have been unlikely to see in a smaller lab."

Her advice? Ask lots of questions, be confident in your own abilities and be a team player. "It’s also important to treat your fourth year placements as an extended job interview. The lab may not end up employing you but if they don’t, the industry is small and they will likely be asked about your performance on placement by other potential employers."

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