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Name: Sachiko Inuzuka

Country: Japan

Course: Advanced Diploma of Health Science (Soft Tissue Therapy)

"The Massage course I’m studying is good because it gives me a lot of choices and opportunities after I’ve finished studying. I could get a job as a masseuse, go onto university and study Physiotherapy or even use the skills I’ve gained overseas."

About CIT

Sachiko InuzukaWhen you were making your decision to come to Australia to study, what made you choose the Canberra Institute of Technology?

I came to Australia to learn English as it’s a faster way to learn. I studied a Health Science Foundation course in Perth and my agent suggested that CIT had a Massage course that I could study which had pathways to university.

Compared to your learning experiences in your home country, how were the teaching methods at CIT different?

Japanese education is very strict but in Australia it’s a lot more relaxed. There is a lot more freedom and everyone is allowed and encouraged to voice their opinions.

Describe your first impressions of CIT?

It’s very quiet which makes it a good learning environment and great for study.

What did you enjoy the most about studying at CIT?

I enjoy meeting new people and making friends at CIT. I really like studying with different people from different countries and different generations. There are younger students and older students which makes the learning experience more interesting.

About the CIT Course

What part of your course do you enjoy the most and why?

The Massage course I’m studying is interesting because we have to learn about and understand the human body. I enjoy learning about pathology, physiology and the different systems in the human body. I enjoy the hands-on aspect of the course too. Because I’m an international student the teachers give me extra help when I need it including English support. They are just very helpful and make studying easier.

What skills did you gain during your course? Do you feel as though these skills have helped prepare you for the workforce/further study/your future direction?

The Massage course I’m studying is good because it gives me a lot of choices and opportunities after I’ve finished studying. I could get a job as a masseuse, go onto university and study Physiotherapy or even use the skills I’ve gained overseas.

I’m going to Japan as a volunteer masseuse for the Australian National Frisbee team competing in the world Frisbee championships. This has encouraged and motivated me to study really hard and get as much experience as possible to be able to really help the team. 

About Canberra

Describe your impressions of Canberra?

The people are very nice and polite. It’s a great place to live. You can ride your bike everywhere and even hook your bikes to the front of public buses.

Goals and Advice

What are your long term goals, and how has CIT helped you to achieve them?

I’ve just completed the Certificate IV part of my Advanced Diploma. With the Certificate IV I can now get a job and gain some experience working in the industry. After I have finished the Advanced Diploma I am planning to stay in Australia and continue my studies at university.

What would you say to other international students who were thinking about coming to CIT to study?

I would recommend the massage course at CIT to anyone. It’s very hands-on and so much fun.