Explaining my ‘About Me’

According to the Phorcast (2013), a public health online resource for careers skills and training, there are four core areas in public health that anyone wishing to work in this area must satisfy. One of these is ‘Leadership and Collaborative working’. Thus, my About Me section focuses on this core component of public health, by analysing how different people and experiences throughout my life have helped shape my ability to work well in groups. I consider my ability to work effectively in groups as a strength and that is why my about section focuses on this specific core competency. Furthermore, by analysing how I have come to possess this skill, I am showing my ability to assess, analyse and evaluate which are crucial skills needed when involved with health promotion programmes and research (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2005).

Furthermore, by giving future employers an insight into my background and how I came to be where I am today, they can see that I am able to effectively adapt to new situations and am eager to and willing to take on new roles or challenges that are thrown my way. I also wanted to show that I have been engrained with a strong and focused work ethic and am self-motivated to succeed. I wanted to make it clear that I do work well in groups, but also work extremely if left to my own devices. Such qualities would make me are more employable, and I wanted to give some background as how I came to possess these qualities, as a form of evidence.

The photo I have chosen is a representation of how I am, and again acts as evidence of my strength of working as a team. It also shows me working to help others, and depicts my love of sport and socialising, three things that I am passionate about.

Phorcast. 2013. http://www.phorcast.org.uk/page.php?page_id=44

US Department of Health and Human Services. (2005).Theory at a Glance: A guide for health promotion practise. [EBL version]. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/cancerlibrary/theory.pdf


Work Experience

Gaining work experience has been on my mind for quite some time, but, after attending my first KJB103 tutorial, I am now more determined than ever. Hearing about other students oppurtunities and experiences they had gained through work experience and internships, made me realise just how valuable such a pursuits can be. Not everyone had a great expereinces, but allowed them to identify something that they didn’t want to, thus leading them one step closer to finding something they are passionate about.

So, last week I wondered around the Work Experinence Expo at QUT Kelvin Grove and put my name down to volunteer for all sorts of health organisations. The one I am most excited about is the Cancer Council. I spoke with the manager of the organisation and she was really enthusiastic about she does for the Cancer Council and about how they are always looking for volunteers. I signed up to volunteer for Daffodil Day and have applied for a position to help organise the relay for life this year in Carindale. Hopefully   from this will gain a more permenant volunteer job with the Cancer Council.



FIrst Impressions are Everything

According to the EyeTrack07 study conducted by the Poynter Institute (Quinn & Adam, 2008), navigation is the first stop for online readers. Thus readers first experience with the navigation of blogs is important. To make navigation as easy and quick as possible, I have created simple, and too the point categories for my blog entries to exist under. The fact that these navigation points are at both the top and right hand side of my page is significant as research shows that navigation placed at the top of the home screen is most likely to be seen and right-column navigation performed better than left-column navigation (Outing, 2004). However, i needed something to attract people to my blog and thus these navigation points first.

By placing a visually appealing photograph at the top of my blog , I hope to stop people on their virtual quest and intrigue them  to continue on to the points of navigation. Outing (2004) found that the bigger the picture the better in holding peoples attention. I have chosen to show an elderly woman using a water pump for several reasons. The photograph is likely one that has been staged, however it represents real life situations which is also a positive predictor of attention (Quinn & Adam, 2004). However, this photograph isn’t simply aesthetically pleasing – it is also loaded with meaning.

It demonstrates how public health works to enhance peoples lives, by providing the most basic needs of life to a population (access to clean, safe water). Access to clean and safe water, is a major predictor of health and contributes significantly to the success and downfalls of nearly all 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). These developmental goals have significantly motivated and influenced initiatives in public health, and this picture depicts the success that such initiatives can achieve. This picture represent current public health initiatives and successes, but it is also a reminder of Epidemiologist John Snow’s study of cholera, which was a major event in the history of public health, significantly defining the direction of the field.

Epidemiologist John Snow discovered that a water pump was the source of
Cholera outbreak in 1854.

Those are the considerations that defined the choices I made for my blog so far. However, like the person I am, my blog will be a direct reflection of my life. New experiences, acquired skills and the changes surrounding me, will ultimately determine how and when i tweek and update Project Carley. It will be a work in process, one that I will always be striving to perfect.