WHEN Ashlin McKenna (26) prepared to graduate with a Bachelor of Sciences degree, she found herself at the crossroads.
The former violin teacher had majored in nutrition and her interest in general health spurred her on to attend a WA Health seminar about 12-month Health Graduate Development Program traineeships.
�I hadn�t considered doing a traineeship but I was inspired by other graduates� stories and decided to apply,� Ms McKenna said.
Now in its 12th year, the graduate program offers successful applicants an opportunity to complete 12 months full-time employment at WA Health and benefit from training and development opportunities.
Ms McKenna, a Wilson-resident, was selected from a pool of 420 applicants to undertake the traineeship and is now halfway through her second placement in the eating disorder program at Princess Margaret Hospital.
�I�m looking at improving the transition from the program through to adult services and making it a smoother journey for patients,� she said.
Ms McKenna said she believed she had a future in the department.
�I sought a broad range of experiences this year to give me a broad skill set; I�m really interested in a long-term position,� she said.
Applications are open for next year�s program, closing August 17. To apply, visit www.health.wa.gov.au