Learning to give others a voice


Cat Kinsman’s choice to attend Flinders University was driven by its unique Speech Pathology program, but it soon became her top preference for its academic excellence as well as its engaged teaching staff and inclusive, supportive culture. As a mature-age student balancing classes, work, and personal life, she had a number of challenges to overcome.

“In a typical day, I attended lectures, tutorials, and worked to support myself,” Cat explained, “I also experienced terrible anxiety in relation to exams, but the lecturers and Flinders staff were incredibly supportive and taught me different strategies and tools to help me manage.”

Cat also loved the practical experiences she was exposed to throughout the degree, including paediatric and adult placements in her 3rd and 4th year. She took part in internships, research projects, and industry collaborations, honing her skills in various settings.

“The number of clinical placements we were given throughout the course really prepared me for what life could look like as a qualified speech pathologist,” she said.

“We were fortunate that we often would have guest speakers come in from organisations such as Deaf Can:Do and the fluency clinic to give lectures in their area of expertise.”

Transitioning from student life to the professional world was also made easier by Flinders.

“Information sessions and connections with speech pathologists facilitated meaningful networking opportunities and gave us a glimpse into our potential careers,” Cat reflected.

“Throughout my journey, college members, mentors, and peers made a genuine lasting impact,” Cat said. “All of the lecturers did a wonderful job. However, it was Catherine Linnett-Young and Nicky Fanning who made me want to work in paediatrics. They shared a wealth of knowledge, and you could tell how passionate they were about their profession.”

Post-graduation, Cat faced a competitive job market but found her niche.

“I now work with children from birth to 17 in a private practice and tutor second-year students at Flinders.”

Cat Kinsman’s journey, from student to successful speech pathologist, exemplifies Flinders commitment to preparing students for the real world. Her story is a testament to the institution’s dedication to quality education and ongoing support for its alumni.

Flinders University truly empowers future professionals to craft their own success stories.

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