A determination to help others steered Melanie Sefton towards a career in occupational therapy
“I found it hard to work out which career path to take after high school because I wanted a job I would find satisfying. I was interested in health because I wanted to work with people and make a difference. I knew someone who was an occupational therapist (OT) and it seemed like a rewarding job. I had no idea what they did, but I’m glad I took the risk to find out!
“I studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at the University of Sydney. I finished university on a Friday in November and started at my current employment on the following Monday! I work as an OT in the community. I visit and assess older people or people with a disability in their homes to help them to remain safe and complete day-to-day tasks as best as they can. This may involve home modifications, equipment and other strategies to be safe.
“Every person I meet in my job is different. Everyone has their own story and you never know what you are walking into when you meet someone new! The best stories are where what seems like simple solutions to me, can mean a person can return to doing what they love without difficulty.
“Science and health impacts every single person. Working with people through a career in health is very rewarding, diverse and meaningful. You can change someone’s life, whether they are a two-year-old child or a 97-year-old woman living in her own home. A career in health and science can also broaden your own perception of people and the world around you.
“In high school I wanted to do something creative, such as fashion design, but now I get to be creative in my thinking and the way I approach diverse situations. I feel so lucky to be able to do so.”
Melanie’s pathway to occupational therapy:
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Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.