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In The Chair with Dr Metash Jilka

We caught up with Dr Metash Jilka from Maven Dental New Farm to discover what led him to a career in dentistry and what opportunities the industry offers him. 

So, Dr Metash, what encouraged you to pursue a career in dentistry?

I’ve always been quite technical but also artsy, and dentistry is one of those professions that brings together these different elements. I’m also a people person, so I love being around others and developing positive relationships. In fact, dentistry is probably more communication than anything. It's not just about providing patients with dental treatment and care, it’s about being able to explain to them what is happening throughout their appointment in a way they can relate to and understand. Also knowing how the treatment might make them feel and supporting them through that is extremely important, especially with those who are anxious about visiting in the first place.
Another thing that really drew me to dentistry was the job flexibility. It’s important for me to have a career where I can separate my work life from my personal life; because if work takes over too much, then you can’t perform as well. That and there are also a lot of great opportunities available within the industry.

Dr Metash Jilka - Maven Dental New Farm

Can you share with us some of the opportunities dentistry offers?

One of the biggest opportunities with being a dentist is the ability to travel and work in different places. I actually completed my qualifications at Dundee, which is a university in Scotland, the best at the time. After graduating, I worked in Edinburgh as a lead dentist for about two to three years.
I was going to buy a practice and settle there, but then thought, let me come over here and see what it’s like. I wasn’t planning to come for long, but I have since applied for my permanent residency. If it wasn’t for the ability to travel with my job I probably wouldn’t have ended up here, enjoying the warmer weather and all the things it has to offer.

What do you enjoy most about living in Australia?

I love that there is so much to do here. Like, at the moment, I am travelling around Queensland on my weekends, visiting all the national parks and going on hikes. Every weekend I find myself somewhere different which I love. I’ve also recently started surfing as well, which is pretty cool. I’ve currently been going down to Currumbin on the Gold Coast and taking a few lessons – it’s so beautiful there.

Want to learn more about Dr Metash Jilka? Read his professional staff biography here or follow him on social media @thet00thdoctor. Otherwise, if you're interested to know what job opportunities are currently available at Maven Dental Group, visit our Job Opportunities section and discover a rewarding career in the field of dentistry.