Newly graduated from a nursing degree, a lifelong drive has shaped 21-year-old Jessica’s professional goals.

“I have always had a huge passion for helping others, and worked in disability support and nursing for over two years while finishing off my studies,” said Jessica.

“I’ve just started a new job as a registered nurse working in complex disability care, in a residential facility with an amazing group of clients and an awesome team. It’s been great so far, and I feel blessed to be able to continue working in this area following the roles I took on while at university.”

 

Jessica’s aspirations also drew on her own experiences with the health community, including having developed a hearing loss in childhood which resulted in Jessica wearing a hearing aid in her left ear and attending Hear and Say for specialised speech therapy.

“Thanks to the support I’ve personally received from both professionals and my loved ones over the years, I’m able to clearly listen and speak. This has given me an immense number of opportunities in terms of both my career and general life,” said Jessica, who in between work loves playing football, going to the gym, visiting the beach and spending time with family.

“Throughout high school I was like any other kid, and I have been able to communicate at university and now progress into the career of my dreams.”

 

Jess

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