Tullawong State High School
Siobhan Hayter’s career goals started to form at the age of eight after reading her mum’s nursing textbooks. Today she’s a trainee nurse but hopes it’s just the latest stage on the path to becoming an obstetrician.
At school Siobhan combined her senior subjects with a traineeship in Health Services Assistance and two part-time jobs.
‘I found the workload hard to manage at first, but once I got into the rhythm I enjoyed being busy,’ she said.
‘I also had a lot of support from my teachers. One or two thought my grades would slip with my traineeship, but they were the ones who pushed me through.’
Siobhan credits her traineeship with helping her achieve a seamless transition to post-school work and study.
‘Before I left school I was offered a job as an assistant nurse, so I was already planning for my first day at work while I was at schoolies,’ she said.
‘I’m now based in the maternity ward at Caboolture Hospital while studying for a Bachelor of Nursing.
‘I feel lucky to be able to be involved in a field I’m passionate about.
‘I want to graduate from nursing and become a midwife, then work my way up to unit manager or director of nursing.
‘I’m also thinking about studying medicine and becoming an obstetrician, but that’s a long way off.’
Siobhan’s advice to school leavers: No matter how you feel or what you’re going through, the effort is worth it.
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics A, Mathematics B, Modern History, Certificate I & II in Dance, Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.
Career goal: To become an obstetrician.
Last updated: 04-Dec-2017