26 May 2015
Performing as DJ Jen-E throughout the 90s and early 00s, Dr. Jenny Juckel is well-known as a pioneer for women in the Brisbane electronic music scene.
But after years in nightclubs, it was a chance meeting with a fellow Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (ATP) student at TAFE Queensland in Brisbane that spurred a switch from the decks to a desk. Proving that it is never too late to make a career change, Dr Juckel enrolled in university to study psychology once she completed her TAFE studies.
“I never imagined I’d get into university because I hadn’t even finished school,” she said.
“But I felt I was ready for a change so the idea really excited me.”
It was while writing an essay on mental illness during her TAFE course that she decided to pursue a career in psychology.
“As a teenager I had a massive psychology book, it’s an area that has always interested me because it’s a career with so many applications,” Dr Juckel said.
“So I just put my head down and studied as hard as I could.”
Channelling the same determination that saw her break into the male-dominated music scene, Dr Juckel powered through a decade of study that started at TAFE, and ended with a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences and a PhD in Media Psychology.
“I’ve always been interested in comedy, so when I saw a scholarship to be part of a PhD program looking at people’s psychological responses to sitcoms, I went for it,” she said.
While chipping away at her PhD, the enthusiastic student also became a certified yoga teacher.
“I’ve enjoyed having a little bit of time off this year after studying for so long but now I think I’m ready to get back into it,” she said.
“I’m not sure what my next step will be, but I’d really like to apply similar techniques I used while completing my PhD to monitoring the effects of exercise, yoga and meditation on the mind.”
Top image supplied by Soulbridge Media.
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