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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.

Elizabeth: Balancing work, study and family

Elizabeth Sandow shared with us her hopes and honest experience about being a dynamic mum of two children who works full time while studying a Diploma of Laws online at CDU.

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.

A chance at a second career

Mauro Del Citto is proof that anyone can make a mid-life career change, regardless of education or personal background. A Melbourne native, Mauro was in his early forties when he decided to make the switch from health administration to pursue a career in law. He recently took time out of his busy career to tell us about his journey and the massive challenges he overcame along the way.

Elizabeth: Balancing work, study and family

Wondering if it’s possible to balance study and family? In the lead up to Mother's Day, Elizabeth Sandow shared with us her hopes and honest experience about being a dynamic mum who works full time while studying a Diploma of Laws online at CDU. 

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

Kirstie: A Visual Arts student drawing inspiration from her reality

Visual Arts graduate Kirstie Louise Scullen will be representing Charles Darwin University at the HATCHED National Graduate Show exhibition. We asked Kirstie about what motivated her to follow her passion in Visual Arts, her influences, and how she grew her creativity through her studies, life experience and perception of the world.  Kirstie initially studied a Certificate IV in Visual Arts before graduating from a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Visual Arts)* in 2017. *This course has been replaced by the Bachelor of Creative Arts WCART1.

Stephanie’s on a mission to create positive and lasting change

Larissa's Top End adventures: on the trail of a mysterious mammal 

Passionate about ecology and wildlife, Larissa Potter graduated with a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours, from CDU in October 2017. She was nominated by her lecturers as a Valedictorian for her outstanding academic record. Here's her full graduation speech, where she recounts what sparked her move to Darwin from Sydney, and where she shares her experiences doing field work on the Tiwi Islands while searching for the elusive, tiny mammal called Butler’s Dunnart.  

New country, new friends: William’s overseas study experience

William Janssen, an aspiring science teacher, has just completed the final unit in his Bachelor of Education Graduate Entry with CDU. Last July, William went to Germany as part of CDU’s Global Mobility program. He spent four weeks at the Philipps-Universität of Marburg, in their Summer University Program.  Hear how newfound friendships made his experience unforgettable. 

Never give up, never give in: Gabby's inspirational story

Success is not determined by your past but by your own perseverance. Gabby Hill's story sure sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but we can assure you, it's real life. Gabby didn't have a chance to finish high school: as a disadvantaged youth, she found herself homeless. A few decades later, after having brought up her own children, she fulfilled her dream to pursue a degree in Law. Now she is ready for her graduation day and planning to go even further and do her Honours degree, all that while being an Indigenous mentor and a passionate human rights advocate.

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How Mel stayed motivated through her IT degree

After completing Year 12, Mel Green took a few gap years and worked full-time before deciding on which university and course was right for her. After researching her options, she chose to study a Bachelor of Information Technology with CDU. Studying online from both South Australia and New South Wales, Mel has now completed her IT degree and is looking forward to attending her graduation Darwin in 2018!  We asked Mel who recently completed her IT studies about her experiences, goals, challenges and achievements.

Civil engineering success

Are you thinking of studying engineering, but unsure about what’s involved or nervous about the challenges ahead? The fear of being defeated played as a key motivator for Sky McFarlane in completing her Bachelor of Civil Engineering. With the support and encouragement of her proud family, she recently graduated in Darwin and we had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her engineering study experience.

What do my grades mean?

Your exam results are finally in! You are probably wondering what to do now or what do your grades mean? Here's a quick quide... 

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Why I changed course to become a midwife

We Love Graduation

We loved seeing the support given to our October Graduates by friends and family. It gave us a glimpse of the positive impact our students have on their community.