A personal challenge prompted Jannet Davies’ decision to make a meaningful career change.
"In 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was during the nine months of treatment that I decided I would like to pursue a career in psychology. I had previously worked as a project officer for the Department of Health & Human Services.
I chose VU primarily because it was close to home. I needed to ensure that I could still fulfil my responsibilities as a mother. I enjoyed the cultural diversity of the students – it added an important dimension to discussions, especially relevant to psychology. I also liked that VU was not a large university; I felt more than just a number there.
The University played a part in taking me to where I am today, completing a Master of Educational Psychology, by offering a great deal of support, guidance and career advice. I was given the opportunity to enhance my skills and work experience by working as a VU peer career adviser which also increased my network of professional contacts.
I started facilitating a local anxiety support group and also became a peer support volunteer for BreaCan, an organisation that supports women and their families through a breast or gynaecological cancer diagnosis. These experiences continue to enhance the sort of knowledge, skills, and experience that I need to be a registered psychologist, which I am aiming for by 2018."