Preparation for the real world
Experiences like these are what make JCU graduates so employable when they leave university, and it sets students like Mason up for success as their careers begin.
“I think it makes you a lot more rounded and gives you a better way of approaching all the situations, giving you a more in-depth look into the patient’s presentation,” he says.
That’s not to say Longreach wasn’t without its fair share of professional challenges, as Mason found out on the job.
“Trying to keep everything strict and confidential and professional in a small town and also the amount of knowledge that you needed to know was challenging,” he says.
Despite the challenges, Mason’s desire to go back to a rural area flourished in his time away from home, and it could reunite him with his own home town.
“I grew up in a place called Childers, very small. I’ve just always fancied the idea of going back there,” he says.
“I’ll be going metropolitan initially but I’m just enticed by the lifestyle.”