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Since graduating from the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Degree in 2007, Zoë Holland was employed as a Grade 2 Paediatric Occupational Therapist by the Victorian Department of Human Services.
With much of her challenging role involving working with young children, Zoe 's job is proving very rewarding.
"I work with children who have special needs along with their families. I provide support, education and intervention programs to ensure that children aged up to six years reach their full potential, either developmentally or in preparation for kindergarten or school."
"Even though I have only just graduated I have already experienced some career highlights, including working with children and helping them to learn through play based activities. The opportunity to work with a supportive team of professionals is important and has been great as a new graduate as it has enabled me to become a better practitioner."
Zoë is yet another student who enjoyed the benefits of studying at the Geelong Waterfront campus.
"I loved the atmosphere, the lecturer to student contact and the excellent facilities offered at Deakin. I also appreciated the smaller class sizes and the flexibility of the Deakin occupational therapy degree as compared to other universities - it really prepared me well for the workforce. Deakin provides a unique degree with a focus on regional placements and health promotion."
"The lecturers inspired me to reach my potential and the variety of placements I did within community health, mental health, paediatrics, health promotion and aged care rehabilitation helped me to become more attractive to employers as a new graduate."
"Another highlight during my time at Deakin was being one of a group of students given the opportunity to begin and run the first student society for occupational therapy students, with the aim of benefiting OT students both socially and in their future careers," she said.
Zoë says that she is very happy that she undertook her degree at Deakin and believes that it gave her "the responsibility and direction I needed to come out of my shell and be an active part of an institute!"
Zoë would like to continue working in paediatrics for the next 5-10 years and obtain as much experience as possible before completing her Masters. After this she plans to shift her work focus towards aged care and mental health.
Zoë was part of the first class to graduate from occupational therapy at Deakin. At the April 2006 ceremonies she was awarded the ACC Occupational Therapy Prize for her enthusiasm for the course and the industry.