Carpenter enjoying rewarding role in the hospital

Latest News 09 June 2020 | Six years ago, Sonja Mans decided she needed a career change. She was working in what was for her an unfulfilling office job and trained as a joiner to pursue her dream of having a more hands on job.

A few years ago she started working as a carpenter and never looked back.

“It’s interesting work and no day is the same. I love figuring out how to fix something, how to make something from scratch and I also enjoy the drawing before making it.”

After working for a school and office furniture company she was ready for her next challenge. One month ago, Sonja started working at Counties Manukau Health as a carpenter.

“It’s the best environment I’ve ever worked in – everyone is just so friendly and always helpful which is really nice.

“I’m part of a team of four carpenters who look after maintenance. It’s a massive place with lots of variety which is nice. My work here involves anything from replacing a ceiling, to putting up a whiteboard and fixing doors.”

According to Sonja, the best part of her job is the interaction - the satisfaction of completing the job and seeing people happy about it.

“It’s rewarding for me to be here.”

Her favourite place in the hospital is the maternity ward. “It is my favourite ward; it is super cute hearing all the babies.”

Sonja is now looking forward to stepping up and taking on more responsibilities.

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