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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.

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

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

What’s involved in studying nursing online?

Why I changed careers at 30

From hairdresser to midwife: Talea’s story

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.

Four pathways to get into university

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

After a few years in the big smoke, Tannille moved back to the regional, coastal town of Elliston in South Australia with her husband and young family. It was the perfect opportunity to take a new professional direction. She started a family day care centre and with her business underway, the mum of three decided it was time to gain her bachelor's degree in early childhood education. Here's her story. 

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

After a decade or so of working in a range of jobs and raising two daughters, Wendy show us it's never too late to follow your passion. She's studying a teaching degree online at CDU from her home in Victoria, while juggling family and work. Here's how giving herself permission to do something she loves is preparing her for a challenging and rewarding career.  

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. 

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New laws can shine light on foreign influence, but agents will remain in the shadows

With new foreign transparency laws set to come into effect on 1 March, Senior Lecturer in Business Law at CDU, John Garrick questions the extent to which the new laws will make visible the nature, level and extent of foreign influence on Australia’s government and political process.

How to build strong relationships with your lecturers

  Whether you’re an online or on campus student, having good relationships with your lecturers and teachers is one of the best ways to get the most of your university experience. Here are some of our top tips.

How to make friends at uni

After what must seem like months of planning – choosing what course you’re going to study, going through the application process, eagerly (or anxiously!) waiting to see if you’ve been offered a place, enrolling in your units – the wait is over!  Uni is about to start. Soon, you’ll be settling into tutorials and lectures, learning to navigate LearnLine and the library, and starting your first assessments and tests. There’s a lot happening! For some students, making friends might be a top priority. For others, it may be less important. If you’re one of CDU’s many online students, you might even be wondering if it's possible to make friends studying externally (hint: it is).  Uni friends create enjoyable shared experiences and they can improve your academic performance

My two weeks in the Amazon protecting turtles

Refuge City: A new kind of city for our times

Finding the elusive little people

Enterprising women strike gold in Australia

If the experience of a growing number of enterprising immigrant women in Darwin is anything to go by, Australia is still the lucky country. Anecdotal evidence suggests that immigrant women have been running small businesses in the service and retail sectors for years, and that they are typically hardworking and passionate about what they do.