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.
A drummer since the age 12, Mauro has been bandmate with some of Melbourne’s leading legal minds. Jamming and playing gigs with his lawyer friends as they progressed through the legal ranks was a big influence in Mauro’s decision to change tack in his career.
“I felt there is room for creativity and law which gives you an open mind on many issues you have to deal with,” Mauro said.
Before starting his Law degree with CDU, Mauro had not completed Year 12, however had completed a couple of business law units at another open university. Ready to complete his law degree, Mauro did a bit of research on the CDU website, where he found out about the Bachelor of Laws. He applied, was accepted and completed the degree through online part-time study over six years, graduating from CDU in 2016.
I was so thrilled when I was accepted
By studying the course online, Mauro was able to make lots of friends from all over Australia.
“I was so thrilled when I was accepted,” Mauro said. “The tutorials and lectures gave me the opportunity to meet people and find study buddies, many of who are still friends now.
“I really benefitted from being part of the CDU Law Facebook group, which was a kind of support group for new and current students. The lecturers I had were also wonderful.”
During his second year of studying law, Mauro suffered from some health issues and a marriage breakdown, which, for many people, could spell the end of their uni dream. Determined, Mauro carried on.
The support I got was outstanding
“At times, it was a grind, but it was so fulfilling. I wanted to complete the studies no matter what, and I did. The support I got was outstanding.”
Mauro’s advice to people struggling with life/study balance:
- The first and second years of uni can be tough, but there are alternatives to dropping out.
- There’s no such thing as a stupid question, so don't be afraid to ask for help.
- And finally, if you can't do a full study load, then don't. Know what your limitations are and have some balance in your life.
Through his determination to succeed and the support provided by CDU lecturers and students, Mauro has fulfilled his dream of being qualified to practice law and was admitted to legal practice in December 2017.
You can study an Associate Degree, Diploma, Bachelor or Master of Law online or on campus. Find out about how you can get involved in Law and Legal Studies at CDU. If you are studying and require support, CDU’s Equity Services team offers free support for careers, employment, counselling, disability and accommodation.