Alumni Convos – Carla Edgley

Current Role: Project Officer, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials Ltd (formerly Australia and New Zealand Melanoma Trial Group (ANZMTG).

Degree: Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) (Public Health), Bachelor of Science (Physiology). 

Since Graduating in 2017 Carla has gone on to do a wide range of roles within the healthcare industry. Carla has done everything from administration at Cabrini Hospital (whilst completing her studies) to research and clinical trial work with the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Carla is currently working as a Project Officer for Melanoma and Skin Cancer Trials Ltd. 

Learn more about Carla’s exciting journey at university and in her career below:

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Alumni Convos – James Selby-Pham

James Selby-Pham (right)

Current Role: R&D Team, Nurtifield 

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Advanced – Honours) 

Nutrifield is Australia’s leading manufacturer in hydroponics, urban farming and large scale production. Within the R&D team James explores plant responses to nutrient and biostimulant supply in terms of growth and yield, the results of which are used to guide the design and development of high efficiency fertilizers.

Get to know more about James and his journey through University below:

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Alumni Convos – Irene Klymenko

Current Role: Strategy and Operations Consultant, Deloitte Consulting 

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology)/ Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Government)

Irene is currently working as a consultant for Deloitte, she has extensive experience in management consulting, government administration, business performance improvement, retail operations and customer service.

If you are interested in consulting as a career find out more about Irene’s Journey below

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Alumni Convos – Lynette Plenderleith

Name: Lynette Plenderleith

Current Role: Science Media Freelancer 

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Biological Sciences); Master of Science (Biology); Bachelor of Science (Natural Sciences)

Lynette is currently working as a freelancer, specialising in Science for the Media. Lynette works mostly in television but her dream is to create her own feature length documentary within the next 5 years.  

Get to know Lynette and learn about her journey after university in the interview below: 

What were you highlights of studying at Monash?

The day I handed in my Ph.D. thesis is among the best days of my life. I was escorted from my office by a parade of peers with party hats and a ukulele and we walked together through campus to the graduate office singing and cheering. What I remember most of Monash is the support I got from academics, administration staff and fellow students alike. I could have asked for no more.

What made you want to study at Monash?

Monash University had the course I wanted, the supervisor I wanted and because it is one of the top Universities in the country, it was a pretty easy decision!

Looking back, what skills or experience from Monash have helped you in your career?

Science is one of the best subjects to study to gain transferable skills. I made the switch from scientist to media freelancer without retraining or expanding my skill set. Everything I use in my day to day work – project management, budgeting, writing, presenting – are all skills I acquired or improved at Monash.

Tell us a little more about your current role, what does a typical day at work look like for you? 

I don’t think I have a typical day at work! In some ways, it’s just like everybody else’s – I sit at my desk with a cup of tea and do my best to ignore emails. I think although I’m doing what I always hoped to do, the job itself looks very different to the way it did 20 years ago. Television has become a nebulous entity, mostly online in one way or another. Print media are now on the internet. Mostly I am surprised that I don’t resent the technology. I took a long time to warm to modern methods, preferring for many years a paper and pen and real-live book. Not only have I learned to live with it, but I think embracing it is the only way to make it work. 

If you could go back what advice would you give yourself as a student?

Keep on keeping on. Don’t worry about where you’ll be in five years, ten years, twenty years. Don’t worry about not having a plan. Just do your best and the rest will fall into place. 

What advice would you give to a job seeker fresh out of uni?

Be patient! I spent most of my first year after my BSc being sad and disappointed. I felt like my degree was worthless and that I would never be employable. Turned out that was a long way from the truth!

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Alumni Convos – Mark Fittock

Name: Mark Fittock

Current role: Project Manager, OHB system Germany
Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Honours/ Bachelor of Science (Astrophysics/Applied Maths)

Mark currently works at OHB on future space studies for science and exploration missions. His primary role is as a project lead for the Hera Mission which is planned to fly to an asteroid pair in 2023.

Read on to find out about Mark’s journey after university in the interview below:

What path did you take in your career after graduating from Monash?
After I graduated at Monash, I went on to do a double masters in space technology in Europe, suitably called the “Spacemasters”. I then started at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

What challenges did you have to overcome in pursuing your career path?
The distance from my friends and family in Australia was tough! Living and working in a country with a different language and different culture is both exciting and challenging.

How did studying Science at Monash help you in your career?
The practical experience! I didn’t realise how important this was going to be but the skills I learnt in the labs have been invaluable! Along with reasoning and deduction skills too!

If you were to offer advice to a job seeker fresh out of university, what advice would you give?
Make and use connections in order to explore different options. Find jobs that excite you and inspire you to aim for the stars. Take a chance! The only way to find out if a job is right for you is to give it a shot!

How do you see the future job market for astrophysicists? What is your advice for a Monash alum to succeed in this industry?
The skills learnt in astrophysics are valuable across many fields and roles. There is so much to learn across the world that looking abroad can be a great chance to find new opportunities and career paths.

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