Paddl Spotlight: Get to Know Our Health Science Students

July 08, 2016
By Robelen Bajar

The team at Paddl holds Students pretty close to our hearts; they’re not only the driving force behind everything we do here, but they’re also representative of the journeys we’ve all gone through ourselves to get to where we are today. Plus our Students are pretty darn amazing.

If our Paddl Warriors of the Month weren’t enough to convince you of this, fret not: we’ve gathered a few stories from our best and brightest Health Science Students to showcase the emerging talent of Paddl.


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Liz Dando

Health Sciences Student, Deakin University

What’s your passion?

I’m currently studying Health Sciences part-time at Deakin, majoring in nutrition and health promotion. I really love the diversity of the health industry and the fact that you’re actually helping people. In my own business as a personal trainer, I’m helping people every day. I’m also a subcontractor to Bellarine Community Health running fitness programs with older adults, so I guess the thing I love most is the difference you can make in people’s lives.

What brought you back to university?

I’m hoping to move into a different field. I’ve been a personal trainer for over ten years now and, to be honest, I’ve done my dash with running my own business. I’m looking more to get into public health and health promotion to get a little more job stability and to save me from getting up at five o’clock in the morning, every morning! I’m after a career change where I can use my previous experiences and history.

Where do you see yourself ending up and how are you going to get there?

I love teaching, so I’d love to end up in an educating role — whether that be education around medical conditions like diabetes, or general health education. I’m looking for a new area of this industry that I can sink my teeth into and make a difference.

I haven’t had the opportunity to work alongside a dietician or nutritionist yet, to see what they actually do on a day-to-day basis. For me to get that experience would be awesome; to see what they do and how they make a difference to people.


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Ruhullah Azami

Health Sciences Student, Deakin University

What do you love about Health Science

It’s quite a broad degree so it opens up many different pathways in the health sector and in future postgraduate courses. My plan is to go back and do further studies, this time doing a Master of Radiation Therapy. I really enjoyed the human health related courses most, rather than the health promotion side of things, so I’m looking to expand my knowledge on that now.

Do you think it’s important for Students to gain experience before graduating?

A lot of students finish their degrees only to find that they can’t find work. They put so many years into their degrees and then can’t find a way to use the knowledge they’ve gained. I think it’s very important for Students to be able to put the things they learn into practice while studying and that comes from getting the right experience.

How did you hear about Paddl and why did you sign up?

I heard about Paddl from Deakin staff and was excited to get an invite by email. Paddl is a really good initiative; a lot of students I know are looking for relevant job opportunities but they struggle to find them. A lot of students aren’t familiar with the procedure of studying at university, or don’t have a lot of connections in the area. That’s where Paddl really helps by connecting them with employees in the area.


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Alexis Zapantis

Health Sciences Student, Deakin University

What would be you dream job to land once you’ve graduated?

I’m not sure just yet! I do want to study further and explore more areas, and I know that my strengths lie in health, sustainability and helping and educating people. It’s still a bit of trial and error at the moment, which is where gaining new experiences would come in handy. The point of studying is to find out what you’re good at and where your strengths are.

What do you love about Paddl?

I like the layout, it’s very simple and it’s very straightforward. With other websites, it can be a bit of a confusing process and they need to prompt you on what to do next. Paddl is the opposite, it’s very easy to use, even for people who aren’t good with technology!

I like how Paddl has the chat feature too, being able to talk directly to both the Paddl team for support and also to employers is amazing.

What do you love about your industry?

Through my studies, I’ve discovered that certain things throughout the health industry need improvement. In class you learn about the process behind everything and see that changing these things isn’t easy — you learn about policies and what it means to implement structures and procedures. It’s challenge but it’s an exciting one.


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Sam Campbell

Health Sciences Student, Deakin University

What are you studying?

I’m doing a Bachelor of Health Science with a triple major of Nutrition, Exercise Sports Science and Psychology. When I started my degree, I was working full time as a personal trainer, training about 40 clients a week. One of the things I realised while working doing that was how important each of those skill sets are to combined health. Those were the areas I wanted to develop my skill set in and have a better understanding of so I could transfer that knowledge back to my clients.

Are you hoping to end up back in the fitness industry?

For a while there, I was pretty intent on getting into the food industry and I started picking up jobs in the hospitality and food space. But not too long ago, I realised that it’s not actually where I want to end up and I’ve done a bit of a full circle back to exercise and sports science. I’m not sure where I’ll fit in in the long run, but I know that I’m passionate about helping people and pushing them to achieve their fitness goals.

What kind of experiences are you hoping to get through Paddl?

What I need now is to get back into that industry and to experience it from all angles. I’d love to work with clients, coaches, teams, physiotherapists, anyone that will give me a new perspective in the field. There’s a few niche sports websites out there, but what I’m really looking for is the chance to get connections with AFL clubs, rugby league clubs, rugby union clubs, soccer clubs or athletics associations, where the roles are more in-depth and are more of an internship with progression options.

What do you like about Paddl?

I think it’s a great initiative. Connecting Students to Employers and being able to demonstrate their key information through their profile is a good thing to be able to do. It’s really straightforward and easy to use. The way the algorithms work in connecting the right Student to the right job is a tough job and Paddl seems to be tackling it quite well! You guys are like the angels, or the godsends really.

To connect with talented and passionate Students like these and help them gain industry relevant experience, head to Paddl.