Brenna Eckert

I started my journey into audiology after my mum suddenly lost all hearing in her left ear. She wasn’t counselled well and was left quite devastated. I was working as a medical scientist and was looking for a change so decided to study a Masters of Audiology (audiology is only offered at a masters degree level). I completed this and started working across a few different areas, deciding to hone in on diagnostic audiology over the hearing aid industry. Within 4 years of graduating I was offered the Principal Audiologist role- meaning I was responsible for the service deliver, accountability, governance and clinical and human resource management of my small team. I noted the health industries trend for promoting great clinicians who were not necessarily great leaders or managers. I didn’t want to be in that category so decided to start my MBA to help give me the tools my clinical and on the job training wouldn’t. I am about to finish my MBA and am keen now to move into health economics and strategy.

Top 5 characteristics of people who work in your field

  • Precise
  • Giving
  • Investigators
  • Caring
  • Initiators

Top 5 skills relevant to working in your industry

  • Inquisitive nature
  • Excellent communicators
  • Detail focus
  • Multitasking
  • Flexible

What education / experience is necessary for your role?

Masters of Audiology and now usually require working on or having achieved masters level management training