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Launchpad is a place where you can get answers to some of the big questions you may have. Find the answers you need to help you launch into your new world of study with confidence.

Online or on campus: five questions to help you make up your mind

1. How flexible is your life?

Launchpad is a place where you can get answers to some of the big questions you may have. Find the answers you need to help you launch into your new world of study with confidence.

I'm the first in my family to go to uni

Beth is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Canberra. In 2017, Beth took the first step in her journey to becoming a lawyer, by completing CDU’s free Tertiary Enabling Program. These days, Beth is well on the way to achieving her dream; she’s finishing her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law degree online, while working as a legal intern at a law firm in Brisbane.

From hairdresser to midwife: Talea’s story

Advocating for equality and human rights: why I study Social Work

From Arts to Accounting: Vicky’s international student journey

Rural Indonesia to nuclear NSW: Bijay's Engineering expeditions

Legal Eagle Takes Flight at CDU: Errol's Story

Ben found his tribe as an international student in Darwin

International scholarship for Elinor’s Indigenous policy study dream

Elinor’s focus on her studies recently paid off when was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achiever Scholarship to study a postgraduate degree at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. At 22-years-old, Elinor is one of the youngest students in her class, but she’s on a decidedly advanced study path—a Master of Public Policy that she’ll use to address Indigenous disadvantage.

Studying nursing online with a full-time job: Paramjit's story

Leaving my home country for the first time to study: Tatenda's story

For Tatenda Simbarashe Mapuranga, moving to Darwin to study a Business degree at Charles Darwin University was a series of firsts. He’s the first in his family to study at university and the first to travel abroad in pursuit of education. It was also the first time he had left his home country, and the first time he’d been on a plane. Read on to find out how Tatenda coped brilliantly with the huge adjustment that comes with studying as an international student.

Sigit’s research to shape Indonesian environmental policy

There’s nothing more compelling to a researcher than knowing their work will have a real-world impact in an area of true significance. This is the case for international higher degree by research (HDR) student, Sigit Sasmito. His research project into the impact of human behaviour on mangrove forests is set to define environmental policy for his home country of Indonesia. Adding further proof that CDU's HDR students are doing research with real influence, one of Sigit’s thesis chapters was recently published in Global Change Biology; one of the world’s most-respected journals in environmental science. Here's his story.

Luci’s art trail from Hong Kong to Darwin

Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Creative Arts student Luci Lee was always destined to follow a creative path in life. Some of her earliest memories include painting, drawing and creating, and she approaches her work as a graphic designer and arts student with that same spirit of creative discovery today. Following her own art trail has brought Luci all the way from the bustle of Hong Kong to CDU’s laid-back Casuarina campus in Darwin. We recently caught up with Luci to find out about some local art projects she’s been involved in alongside her studies at CDU.

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What’s involved in studying nursing online?

CDU was one of the first universities in Australia to offer our Bachelor of Nursing degree remotely (also known as online, external or distance education). We have been teaching this way for nearly 20 years, and we are experts at online education. Many CDU Nursing students choose to study online – even those who are located close to one of our campuses. Our students choose to study this way because they often have other commitments in their life that are equally as (or more!) important than uni.

Why I changed careers at 30

Daniel had a career in banking, but after eight years he realised that it wasn't the career for him. He shares how he decided to put passion ahead of profession and instead study his hobby.

5 places nurses work that aren't in a hospital

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of nursing is a hospital, think again. While the typical career path for many graduate nurses may lead to a hospital, Registered Nurses work in many places far removed from the walls of the ward. We’ve rounded up five examples.

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Taking the next step in my early childhood career: Tannille's story

Why I'm finally doing a teaching degree: Wendy's story

Why I changed careers to become a teacher: Sallie's story

After 15 years as an event manager, Sallie decided it was time for a change after her second daughter arrived. She took the plunge and applied to study a teaching degree online at CDU, which she'd been thinking about for a while. Here's how she's putting her creativity, organisational and time management skills to task as she juggles her teaching degree, family and three jobs.