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Melissa Tresa

In India, Melissa Tresa was used to a highly theoretical approach to learning. Keen to gain practical science skills, she came to New Zealand and enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology at Ara.

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“I chose New Zealand because it has a reputation for high quality education,” Melissa says. “And I chose Ara because it specialises in applied learning, plus it offered a Level 7 programme.”

Melissa enjoyed the programme’s practical science sessions, which she says gave her skills for real laboratory environments. “The course prepares you well for employment,” she says. “If you want a career in lab technology, this is the best option.”

Planning and undertaking her research project was another highlight for Melissa, along with a work placement at Meadowfresh in Christchurch where she did a 260-hour internship as a laboratory technician.

Since graduating, Melissa has secured full-time employment at Oceania Dairy - work that her Ara programme has prepared her well for.