Hi!! Thanks for stopping by….. here is a bit of info about myself, a practising optometrist in Queensland, and my personal account of why I saw a need for this website!! To be quite honest, I really had no idea about what I wanted to do when I finished school. I had always been fairly ‘book smart’, had a passion for dance, and had literally grown up in my parent’s small business in northern New South Wales. I did my senior schooling in the Queensland system, and did physics, chemistry, maths B, maths C and legal studies because I thought these subjects would keep my options open for something ‘sciency’ at uni.
I remember going to careers events and university open days and having difficulty even knowing what questions to ask!! I mean – really – where do you start? And I read the QTAC book (you might have the UAC, VTAC, SATAC, TISCO in your state) cover to cover like a million times and just couldn’t find anything that jumped out at me.
I got an OP2/Rank 98, and was enrolled in a double degree in business and commerce at one university, before getting into optometry at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the second round offers. So um, yeah – looking back now, although I didn’t realize it at the time, I probably put these two preferences down because I had two older sisters – one an optometrist and the other in the corporate world. And because I couldn’t find anything I really wanted to do, I was just going to follow in their footsteps!!
You would think I went into the optometry course knowing all about the profession, but to be honest, I was just as clueless as all the other first year students. If I had my time over again, I would have asked to sit in for a few days with my sister or one of her colleagues, researched trends in the industry, asked practice owners what it’s like to own a business in the industry, and spoken to as many people in the industry as possible!! Really – I was just lucky that I found something I enjoy. I graduated from QUT in 2003, and have worked in a number of urban and rural settings as an optometrist. If you would like more information about my career as an optometrist, please check out my LinkedIn profile.
My Health Career was launched in September 2012 so you can find the right direction for you, instead of leaving it up to chance like I did!!!
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