It was his curiosity in relation to mental health issues and strong desire to make a change in the world that led Jamie to enrol in the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology.
The impacts mental health issues and drug or alcohol addiction can have on an individual and their family are quite confronting. I have seen firsthand some of these negative effects and distressing situations, which is what sparked my curiosity in this field.
I found that I had a strong interest in why some individuals are more likely to experience mental health conditions or develop drug and alcohol addictions. I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of these issues, which is why I enrolled in the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology.
After commencing my studies, I realised that not only was I investigating the ‘why’, but I was also learning how issues such as these can be addressed, which is at the heart of my decision to study this program. I wanted to be able to implement change, and I’m dedicated to creating positive influences on people’s lives.
RMIT has provided me with all the necessary foundations to fulfil my ambitions of working as a clinical psychologist, rehabilitating individuals who have mental health and drug and alcohol problems, and being involved within the criminal justice system.
I was really fortunate to be selected as RMIT’s delegate for the 2017 University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS). The Symposium was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, where 4,300 emerging young leaders from all around the world gathered to discuss social change. I learnt about major problems that affect people around the world and engaged in conversations with people who actively address these issues. It was a very enriching experience that cemented my career path and has encouraged me to consider a Master of Clinical Psychology, which I hope to study later on.
By volunteering as a member of the Student Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC) I was able to put my leadership skills into practice. Being a student representative enabled me to collaborate with other students and staff to provide feedback about the program. RMIT really values the feedback that students give, so it was great to see my suggestions recognised and actioned. It is fulfilling to know that I am doing my part for future students by helping to create a learning experience that current students wish to see. The process has also assisted in my own personal growth and has taught me a number of skills that will be useful in the workforce.
Apart from teaching all the required knowledge, RMIT also provides job listings and interview preparation – both a great help in making the first steps into the profession.
The program has also taught me the importance of maintaining a work–life balance and good time management – both skills that I can carry with me into my career.
RMIT is renowned for its industry connections, which I think is vital when looking for a job and, as a student, I am grateful to have that guidance and professional learning experience.