A passion for making a difference and helping others is leading to an exciting career in medical radiations for RMIT student Tamika Cassar.
Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Medical Radiations)
Placement is a great opportunity to make connections with other practitioners, develop professional relationships and get an insight of where I would like to work once I graduate.
Inspired by practical learning – and achieving some impressive academic awards along the way – Tamika is convinced her Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) undergraduate degree was the right choice.
“This field is perfect for someone like myself, who enjoys working in a team, has an interest in science, but most importantly, has a strong passion for helping people,” she said.
“As research is constantly developing, we will forever be learning. I know that graduating from university will not be the end of my study. As a radiation therapist you learn every day and every year.”
Tamika’s university journey started with a science degree after completing Year 12, majoring in physiology.
“This made me certain that I wanted to pursue a career in something related to health and science. I was looking into diagnostic radiography and coincidently stumbled across radiation therapy. I had never really heard of it before, but I looked into it further and something just interested me about it.
Switching to RMIT to commence her Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) degree, Tamika hasn’t looked back.
“RMIT is the second university I have studied at and by far the most engaging, practical and enjoyable,” she said.
“My advice for new students is don’t be shy! It is intimidating at the start and it is easy to just walk into a lecture and sit alone. Go and sit next to someone, introduce yourself and make friends. There is absolutely no way I would get through all of my lectures, abundance of assignments and meet strict deadlines without a group of friends.
“University is about developing academically, but it is also about building new relationships and socialising. The biggest lesson I have learnt at uni is to not let myself get overwhelmed. Whenever things get stressful, remember how many resources you have. Your friends and the academics are always happy to help you out.”
Practical learning and industry placements have been a constant source of inspiration.
“In my course we have 22 weeks of placement. I am a practical learner, so for me, placement is not just about exposure, but a practical classroom and an advanced learning opportunity. Placement is a great opportunity to make connections with other practitioners, develop professional relationships and get an insight of where I would like to work once I graduate."
Tamika won an award for academic achievement, as a top-performing student in Year 1 of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) program.
“The science behind radiation therapy is very physics based. Physics was never my strong suite and it almost deferred me from studying the course, but with the support of teachers, students and professionals, I learn and improve constantly.
“Of course, my goal is to work as a radiation therapist. Whether this is in Melbourne, rural Victoria or interstate, there are opportunities and I can’t wait to see where I end up. The idea of being able to practise outside of Melbourne is so exciting and opens so many doors.
“You never know until you try, and for me, giving it a shot was something I will forever be proud of myself for.”
Story: Rowan Roebig