Job’s the right medicine for Rob

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

LIFE as a project man­ager and au­di­tor seems like a life­time ago for new Fiona Stan­ley and Fre­man­tle Hos­pi­tal doc­tor Robert See­ley.

The East Fre­man­tle res­i­dent started his new ca­reer last month af­ter seven years in an in­dus­try that left him unfulfilled.

He now fol­lows in the foot­steps of his mum.

“My mum was a nurse and I al­ways had a fas­ci­na­tion with sci­ence and health,” he said.

“In Year 12 I didn’t get the marks so I went into chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and al­though I en­joyed it, I couldn’t imag­ine my­self in a lab all day.

“I changed paths com­pletely and went down the com­merce road. I’ve en­joyed all the jobs I had but I wasn’t re­ally ful­filled.

“I was al­ways jeal­ous of peo­ple who said they loved their ca­reers.

“It wasn’t work for them, just some­thing they en­joyed do­ing.”

Dr See­ley said he be­gan his new path­way af­ter his part­ner en­rolled him into the medicine en­trance exam.

“It re­ally was a whirl­wind. I did the test, then an in­ter­view and all of a sud­den I was do­ing medicine,” he said.

“I guess it was a round­about way to get into medicine but it was the best de­ci­sion ever.

“Do­ing the de­gree at a later stage was eas­ier in some re­spects and harder in oth­ers.

“I had more life ex­pe­ri­ence and dif­fer­ent view of the world but there was a sig­nif­i­cant age dif­fer­ence be­tween the ma­jor­ity of the stu­dents in my course.

“You re­ally do cre­ate life­long friends, es­pe­cially in those first years of study when you are in lec­ture the­atres for 12 hours.”

Dr See­ley said he hoped to be­come a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner.­mu­ni­ d478751

Dr Robert See­ley is more than happy with his ca­reer change.

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