Working with such a broad age range sees Kendall visiting preschools, schools and family homes as part of her day-to-day work.

Initially, Kendall wanted to pursue a veterinary career, but she said on hearing from her school careers advisor about what Speech-Language Therapy involved she was “sold”.

Inspired by her careers advisor, Kendall studied towards a Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy – a four-year degree at Massey University’s Albany campus. On graduating, Kendall applied for her current job through a new graduate recruitment programme.

She said part of the job she loves is seeing students and families take steps towards overcoming communications obstacles.

“Communication is so complex and sometimes progress can be very slow, so I love seeing the huge changes in the students’ and families’ lives that I am working with when they make progress. Even the small steps can make a huge difference.”

Average pay

  • Speech-Language therapists usually earn $45k–$75k per year.
  • This pay is dependent on skill, experience and employer.

(Source: Careers New Zealand)

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