Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Technology)
St Patrick's College, Ballarat
What are some of your career highlights so far, and what are your career goals?
While I was studying I had the good fortune of working at Mars, Ballarat which was an amazing experience and a definite career highlight. When I graduated University I became a Laboratory Technician at Hazeldenes in Bendigo and then became a Microbiologist.
I had the challenge of building a new laboratory and working towards becoming a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory. I finally obtained a job back in Ballarat after seven years of commuting three hours each day.
Now I am working at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat, a boy's school,where I set up experiments for the students. My goal now is to become the best Laboratory Technician within my school environment.
Describe the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of your job
My role involves setting up experiments that the students can use in their theory lessons in class and putting this into action with practical experience. I enjoy taking part in the practical side of classes with the teachers and students. Chemistry is the most challenging part of my role as it was never my strongest subject compared to Microbiology which was my favourite subject.
What are your strongest memories from studying at University?
I enjoyed the practical side of University, especially the Microbiology aspects and my highlights were when we made cheese and brewed beer. Another strong memory is of meeting friends and lecturers who guided me through my journey.
Do you have any advice about life after study to pass on to current students?
As a mature student I never thought I would go to University but with the help of my family, I embraced the challenge. My advice to students would be to enjoy the time you have and that if you never give things a go you will never know what you could achieve.