I finished high school with the idea of studying business at university. However, I soon discovered that business studies weren’t for me, so I took a year off to work and consider my future. I then decided to go to TAFE, where I completed a Diploma of Laboratory Technology in Pathology Testing.
It was during this time at TAFE where I discovered the world of Microbiology, and fell in love with the subject. Following my TAFE studies, I decided to continue along the science pathway and peruse further studies, where I attended UNSW, completing a Bachelor of Science degree, in Medical Microbiology and Immunology Pathology. However, it was during my last couple of years of study that I found myself unwell, and was soon diagnosed with Seronegative Arthritis.
It was during what I thought at the time as a “flare-up” of my arthritis that I went to visit BJC Health to see one of the Rheumatologists. Upon seeing the doctor for my arthritis and subsequently discussing my university studies that he kindly recommended me to the practice manager to join the team at BJC Health. With no experience as a receptionist, I was taken onboard at the end of 2010, and shown the ropes. Since then I have enjoyed my time at BJC, and made many friends with both fellow staff members and the numerous clients who have come through the door.
Working at BJC Health has been a fantastic experience for me and working closely with the professional staff has only increased my passion for the field of science. I am currently enrolled at USYD in a Postgraduate course in Infection and Immunity. My ultimate goal is to one day work in the hospital with the microbiology department.