Sharon 'juggles' to new challenge
IF SHARON Jamieson decides on a career change any time soon, the circus may be an option, because this Warwick mother-of-five has mastered the art of juggling.
Between being a mother, working full-time and studying, Mrs Jamieson has managed to gain all necessary qualifications to become a practising Audiometrist.
"It has been a huge juggle, but I've got a super supportive husband and boss," Mrs Jamieson said.
Six years ago, she walked into a part-time job at Mark Paton and Associates Hearing Aid Specialists, working one Friday a fortnight in reception.
What grew into a more permanent position, Mrs Jamieson soon found herself working a five-day week until things took another turn two years later.
"Mark (Paton) and Lisa (Burley) then asked if I wanted to do the study to become a qualified audiometrist," she said.
"It was such a privilege to be asked by my bosses - especially someone my age and having kids - it was huge."
And so her head went into the books and four years later, she's got the certificate to say she is fully qualified.
"It's been hard; I've probably wanted to quit about 100 times with the huge workload, but with the support I have had from my family and my work, it's been great," Mrs Jamieson said.
"And it is a real commitment from my family too - it's not just me."
After working in banks for 20 years prior, this isn't a path Mrs Jamieson saw her career heading down.
"It's not something I would have chosen when I was younger, but I really do love it," she said.
"I love the client contact and seeing how what I do can change people's lives for the better."
Mrs Jamieson's supervisor Lisa Burley said she was proud of her massive achievements and was only too pleased to have her completely on board.
"She has been doing the role here anyway with just me supervising her, so we already know she is more than capable, but my god she has done so incredibly well," Mrs Burley said.
"The pass rate for this course is not that high, so the fact she did it first go, plus juggle her personal commitments just shows the person she is."