On Saturday night, Mark Jones and Sue Nye each got to work alongside one of the big names in their field.
Jones was a senior medical officer for the Australian Federal Police, while Nye was a clinical director for the NSW Department of Health.
Jones is currently on leave from the NSW Government, while he’s also been a consultant in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
But while Jones and Nye worked together, both were still in their early twenties, and were only two years apart.
In a time where people have so much pressure on them to be successful, and it’s so hard to get in the game, it was really important to them that they could work with the people who really helped them to succeed.
“The more we worked together the more we understood each other and the more comfortable we were,” Nye said.
After working together for a year, Jones felt comfortable enough to tell his story.
He had spent some time with Nye at a mental health facility in Brisbane, and said she was a great asset to him.
“It’s been a privilege to have been able to work with Sue and Mark and be able to share that experience with them,” Jones said.
“The more I learnt from them and the better I got, I was able to move up to the top level of clinical practice.”
Jones and Nee worked together for two years, but then they decided they wanted to move on and move on to their own careers.
The pair started their own practice, which is now in the hands of Sue Nee.
They also met and started working with a colleague who is also a consultant.
Jones said they were both motivated by the same thing.
“My ambition is to do something with my career, but I think it’s important to understand that there’s no single pathway to success,” Jones told ABC Radio Sydney.
Nye said they didn’t want to be just another health professional who works for the State Government, but a part of the health workforce.
“The work we did at the start was not sustainable, so I just kind of decided to leave,” Nee said.
“And I guess I’m now just looking at it and saying, ‘I have to be creative and make my own way’.” Nee said they realised that Jones could work in a way that they had never done before.
“We really thought that this was going to be the next big thing, and Mark was the big guy, but we never really expected that,” she said.
Jones is now an assistant professor in a different field, and is considering his next move.