- Student type: Domestic
- Degree type: Masters
- Degree(s): Master of Radiation Therapy
Master of Radiation Therapy
Meet Sean Finn, a recent graduate of the Monash Master of Radiation Therapy, who is currently working as a Radiation Therapist at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre.
In his current role he works closely with cancer patients and other specialists to create and calculate treatment plans.
Why did you choose to study your degree at Monash?
“I chose Monash because of the quality of degree I would come out with. Having lecturers and tutors with strong clinical connections and backgrounds meant that it was far easier to see how the theory related to practice.
Another reason was being part of a university that had a reputation for creating high quality graduates that are ready to make their mark in the workplace. I wanted to put myself in the best place possible to start working clinically, and Monash was the university to help me achieve that.”
Did you complete any clinical placement and if so, what was the highlight of this program for you?
“Placements were always a major highlight for me. They were the key experience that allowed transition between theory and practice. Not only that, they allowed me to experience things that the classroom doesn't, such as patient interaction and clinical problem solving.
The highlights for me were the connections I made, not just with the staff but also with the patients. Being able to be a small part of their journey was an enriching and valuable experience as it really taught me how to build rapport with patients effectively and also how to guide a patient through an incredibly difficult time in their life.”
How did your Monash degree help you succeed in your career? How have you been able to apply your skills in your current position?
“My degree has helped me become the clinician I am today by always encouraging me to further my skills and take on challenges in the clinical world. Without the guidance and support I received from the staff during my time at Monash, I feel that I would not have been as developed and well rounded a practitioner as I was when I graduated.
I have also been able to further build on these skills and traits at my current workplace, where being able to solve complex problems and being willing to challenge yourself are key attributes needed to succeed.”
What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
“The biggest challenge by far was trying to continue with the course during COVID-19. With placements being put on hold and the anxiety about how to complete coursework, it was a very stressful time.
I overcame it with the support of my placement centre, who kept me on placement and made sure I could continue learning and gaining experience. Also, with the course being online, the resources needed to ensure I had all the clinical skills necessary to succeed were always at my fingertips.”