I am excited to introduce Julie Toseski, our first Young Hygiene Graduate SNAPSHOT participant!!
Julie is a passionate OHS practitioner who has worked in the Private Forestry Industry for the past 9 years. Lucky for us, Julie fell in love with OH in 2012, enrolled at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and in December 2014 graduated with a Master of Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), one of the highlights of her life!
Julie’s infectious energy for life, love of a challenge and an eagerness to learn and grow within the OH profession has recently paid off as she has secured an internship with NIOSH, based at their Cincinnati office this coming June and July (Julie = happy face; Me = jealous face).
Julie reports her long-term dream is to someday develop and grow further within the OH research field. Did I mention Julie is now completing a Master of Public Health (Hons) at Griffith University in Queensland!!!
5 mins with Julie:
1. I chose to pursue a career in OH because: I actually stumbled on the field when I was asked to compile an Asbestos Management Plan and Register for the company I worked for. The more I researched what OH was all about, the more I fell in love with it and the diversity it offered. I was awarded a high commendation award from WorkCover NSW at the 2012 Safe Work Awards for my efforts and knew right then that OH was my calling….protecting and promoting worker health and safety and the community at large, and making a difference, however small it was.
2. My dream hygiene job is: Working alongside fantastic hygienists who are just as passionate, enthusiastic and driven as I am with a vision to influence, change and improve the health and well being of workers from all levels and vast backgrounds.
3. The hardest subject matter I had to learn was: Measurement of Hazardous Substances was my first every unit and after the week intensive at UOW I remember feeling a little overwhelmed and second-guessing my career choice! (this and the fact that Hendo (John Henderson) scared the hell out of me! :o))) As the weeks progressed, and I completed unit after unit, I gained more confidence in what I could offer. I never lost sight of what needed to be done and what I needed to do to achieve my goals. ‘Never give up’ is my motto…taking a risk and challenging your comfort zone can eventuate the most memorable and life changing experiences :o)
4. My hygiene god is: As I’m predominantly new to the OH field, I would have to say that I have a sphere of hygiene gods that have influenced my growth on this journey thus far. These predominantly include Jane Whitelaw, John (Hendo) Henderson, Frank Hearl, Alan Rogers, Linda Anthorpe, Tim White and Ross Di Corletto to name a few.
5. My advice to anyone thinking about pursuing studying occupational hygiene is: Go for it…you will never look back. The learning opportunities are vast and rewarding. A keen desire to learn, develop and grow with ever-changing environments of the workplace, evolving sciences and technologies is a must though. OH is soo infectious…once you’re hooked, your hooked for life…nothing else compares :o). Good luck on your journey!