Psychology Student a Follower of Ambition

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A UNIVERSITY of the Sunshine Coast Psychology student, who has always wanted to help people, is already achieving this through his work in three communities a Gympie, Mountain Creek and on campus at Sippy Downs.

Chris Martin, 24, is juggling part-time jobs and part-time study to gain his Master of Psychology and become a clinical psychologist.

The Sippy Downs resident is expected to be one of USC's first graduates from its new Master program next year.

He gained the paid Gympie job in April during an internship as part of his university studies.

Chris and a fellow USC Master student were interns at Gympie Mental Health Service when they were hired to job-share a full-time temporary vacancy.

Chris stayed on after the role was extended, working full-time during the University semester break, and now working there two days a week.

"I can do frontline operations and paperwork," he said. "I'm helping case-manage clients to ensure they're heading towards recovery.

"I'm involved in ensuring they're aware of how to cope with their illness, keep up with appointments, engage with the service, and have future direction. …