Keen runner Ed McGlynn has shown it’s never too late to follow your passion, switching from a career in IT to studying a Bachelor of Podiatry at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus.
“Before I studied podiatry I was working in IT in Sydney and I wanted to work with people and help people and I also love my sport and my running. So I thought I could combine those and make the course more relevant to me and make the learning a lot more interesting along the way,” Ed said.
“Following a career in health science has provided a great opportunity to study human anatomy and physiology and use that knowledge to help people in need and make their lives a little easier.”
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Ed, who competed in the Southern Cross University 10km run in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in 2015 and was the first home for the SCU team, said the University’s Gold Coast campus was perfect for studying.
“The course format is very mixed which keeps it interesting, with lectures and tutorials and there are a few online subjects so you don’t have to be on campus all the time. You get to work in the SCU Health Clinic with patients and we also work in the orthotics lab so it’s very hands on.
“The best things about studying at Southern Cross University are the fun and friendly atmosphere – I’ve made so many friends — and the teachers, who are passionate and enthusiastic about what they teach.”
Ed said there was a real focus on hands-on learning.
“I’ve already had numerous placements where I had the opportunity to work alongside professional podiatrists. They are very keen to teach you everything they know and give you a real-life learning experience.”
Ed is one of quadruplets, with all three of his sisters also following a career in health. He also has two other older siblings, including his oldest sister Amy who is studying nursing at SCU’s Lismore campus.
“Growing up as a quadruplet? I have been asked this by so many people and what I always say is that it’s all I know and knew. It’s just like you or anyone else for that matter growing up – it was reality.
“But I guess there were definitely benefits. Coming from a big family I always had someone to have fun with. Loneliness was never an issue. I have the most amazing parents, Judy and Tony (as you can imagine raising six kids, and having six kids under the age of three! so much respect) who instilled so much love in all of us, so we were all friends and got along very well.
“I lived in Sydney for 30 years. Moving so far away from my awesome family and friends was one of the toughest decisions of my life. I wanted a new big challenge in my life, and the climate and lifestyle you get here on the Gold Coast was what made it a much easier decision.”
Southern Cross University offers a range of courses at mid-year. Visit scu.edu.au/midyear for information.