After I finished high school, I studied a Bachelor of Arts so that I could choose a few different subjects to find out what my area of interest was. I ended up majoring in Italian with a minor of linguistics. I then studied a Master of Education (Teaching English as a Second Language), because I wanted to travel the world.
When I was travelling through Italy, I really noticed that breakdown in communication, and I began to wonder what it would be like if this was the case for me in my life. What if I wasn’t able to communicate with others around me? Then I found out about speech pathology, and it seemed like a really natural transition from my undergraduate study of linguistics and my passion for languages.
I did worry that I was a bit old, knowing that I was going to finish when I turned 28 – but what it really came down to was me thinking, “well what am I passionate about in life, and how am I going to get there?” I really am passionate about speech pathology, and despite my age this is something that I’m going to do for the rest of my life, so I’d better do something that I love, and I do not regret any of my decisions.
Accelerated, for sure. To be honest, I wasn’t too worried about (the career break), I was ready for a change, and it was fine.
I graduated a few months ago and have found an amazing job, working in a private practice. I’d like to work for public health – one of my goals is to make systemic change within the whole entire health system, not within just the discipline of speech pathology.
I have a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Master of Business Administration. I had always wanted to work in marketing, so that was my first choice out of high school. I ended up as an account manager at a local software company, but after two years realised I didn't enjoy the technology sector, or the role, and instead went looking for something more meaningful.
I had lengthy discussions with my husband about needing to find a career that was meaningful, where I felt I was making a difference to people, and had some flexibility to balance family and work. My husband is a firefighter and loves his work, and I too wanted to wake up wanting to go to work, not dreading it. Speech pathology seemed like a great option for ticking all the boxes.
It has been 4.5 years since I took my first job as a speech pathologist and I am currently enjoying working as a senior speech pathologist in a specialised field with an incredibly interesting and diverse caseload. I’ve found that my prior skills in managing teams and efficient workflows have aided my progression into senior/leadership roles.
I’m very satisfied – I have no plans to move anywhere, as each day and year seems to bring new challenges and opportunities for clinical and professional growth. I love making a difference in patients’ lives every day.
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