Melody Cargill was among the first cohort of students to graduate from Southern Cross University’s Bachelor of Podiatry last year, and has scored a full-time position with Ashmore Podiatry.
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The 22-year-old from Banora Point studied at the Gold Coast campus from 2013 and says it was the course placements and networking opportunities which helped her secure meaningful employment.
“I met my boss Debbie Owen, who is the owner and head podiatrist at Ashmore Podiatry, at a graduation evening where we networked and she basically head-hunted me from then,” she said.
“My boss is awesome and I feel like everything with this job has worked out really well.”
Melody began the new role in January and has already made a strong connection with her patients and colleagues.
“I am responsible for anything from general skin and nail care to biomechanics and diabetic ulcers,” she said.
“I enjoy getting to know my patients and figuring out the best treatment suited to them to get their best outcome. I love helping people get pain-free and eliminating issues with their feet.
“A lot of people don’t understand foot health, so the best part is being able to tell them about it and be able to help them understand their feet, while also giving in-depth comprehensive treatments to help them get the best results.”
Melody chose Southern Cross University because it was close to home on the beautiful Gold Coast.
She said the small class sizes enabled the lecturers to get to know and support the close-knit group throughout their degree.
“I loved going on placements as they definitely prepared us for working life. During my final year I did three placements on the Gold Coast and one in Bundaberg. I met really good people on placement and networked a lot with other podiatrists in the community,” she said.
“I didn’t find it difficult to find a job on the Gold Coast. I had two other offers on the Coast and one in Bundaberg so I had to choose.
“One of the podiatrists I met on placement is now my mentor. It’s amazing when you meet someone you feel you can talk to and catch up with about how things are going.”
Melody chose to pursue podiatry as she had always been interested in health and was very active and involved in a lot of sporting activities while growing up.
“I relied on my body to keep me going and wanted to be a part of a profession that enables other people the opportunity to enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle,” she said.
“I did a lot of research into health careers and thought podiatry was something completely different that helped people in a genuine way.
“Feet are our foundation, I’m very happy to be able to aid in the process of getting people back on their feet and most importantly back to what they love doing.”
Southern Cross University is an event partner of the 2017 Gold Coast Careers Festival and will run several discipline-specific workshops for prospective students during the event including Careers in Sports Medicine – Podiatry and Footwear Science on Wednesday May 10.
Gold Coast Careers Festival on 10 & 11 May