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Changing Careers

Powering our careers in a male-dominated industry

Are you a woman chasing a career in the trades? Be inspired by Stacey and Olivia. They're taking part in an all-female training program, called Power Careers, to forge a future in the largely male-dominated electrical and refrigeration trades. See how they’re combining job placements, trades training and a strong work ethic to power ahead.

How to stand out from the crowd in today’s job market

Competition in the job-market for uni graduates can be fierce, but luckily, there are lots of things you can do to get ahead. We consulted some of the expert minds from the CDU HR team to find out what practical steps students can take to snag their dream job after uni. 

So, you want to be an engineer?

So, you want to be an engineer? Well then, you've got some decisions to make.  If you have a talent for maths and science, chances are that a teacher, a careers advisor, perhaps even an employer, has suggested that you might make a good engineer. And it’s certainly true that people who excel in these subjects often possess the skills needed in engineering - problem-solving, innovation, critical thinking, meticulous attention to detail, and curious perseverance are just some examples of these skills. What you might not realise is that to be an engineer can mean many, many things. If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an engineer is a middle-aged man, wearing a hard hat, standing on a building site, then you might be surprised to learn that engineers work in nearly every sector and industry across the world.  

Looking for a job? Prepare to be Googled

These days, more and more employers are using social media to screen job candidates. Some companies even have someone on staff whose job it is to explore your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other accounts to gauge whether you’ll be a good fit for the company. And while curating your social media presence can help you land a job, so is making sure your resume is current and relevant. Here are a few tips on luring an employer online and on paper.

From the Navy to Engineering, via rural India: Meet Dion

From working as an Electrical Marine Technician in the Navy, enrolling in a Bachelor of Engineering, to eventually finding himself in Western India as part of an Engineers Without Borders Summit, CDU student Dion Morrow’s path to becoming an Electrical Engineer as certainly been an interesting one. Here, Dion explains what led him to CDU, and why his trip to India highlighted the way in which engineering and humanitarian efforts can be linked. 

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How do I become a lawyer?

It’s never too late to become a lawyer. At CDU, we’ve seen students realise their dream in as early as their twenties, and as late as their fifties. If this is the career path for you, read on as our Dean of Law, Dr. Alan Berman, explains the five steps you’ll need to take to get there.   

Back in the saddle to further my career

Emma Host is a Darwin local who left high school 20 years ago. She’s had a successful corporate career but some roadblocks on her way to the top of the ladder challenged her to take a new path. Emma is currently completing a Bachelor of Accounting full time at the CDU Darwin Waterfront campus with the goal of furthering her career. It was an obvious choice for Emma to stay in Darwin to pursue her degree. She explains to us why she is determined to enjoy what she considers the time of her life studying at CDU.   

Top three FAQs from future uni students

Wondering how much you need to fork out to get a degree? Or want to know whether you can do your degree online so you don’t have to put your career on hold while you study? Or maybe you’re stumped on the eligibility requirements for your dream course. Finding out all the answers to your questions about studying at university can seem a little daunting, but don’t let that stand in the way of achieving your goals. Check out the answers to the top three questions we’re asked by prospective students, like you, below.

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Studying? Your career starts now

A university degree sounds like a great way to advance your career, whether you’re keen to start out in a new field or are looking to nail that awesome promotion, right? Right! But you should only worry about making yourself more appealing to your future employer after you’ve finished your degree, right? Wrong! We recently chatted with Liz Hendry from CDU’s Careers and Employment team, and her key piece of advice was that you should start making moves to maximise your employability while you study. So how do you do that? We share Liz’s tips below.

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.

An education pioneer in the digital era: Chengxi's story

Chengxi Li had become disillusioned with her studies. The international student was halfway through a Master of Professional Accounting when she realised that she’d made a mistake. She has since refound her passion for learning and become the first full-time student to enrol in an innovative new degree, Master of Digital Learning Futures. Here is Chengxi's story:

Four ways to impress on your professional placement at Deloitte

Find out what makes a professional placement student shine. 

Too many universities to choose from?

Not sure what university to choose? Feeling like a kid in candy store? Or a hipster in a Melbourne laneway cafe?

Newborn and new career path: Chandu did it

When Chandu de Silva was on maternity leave caring for her one-month-old son, Riyon, she decided, when the time came, she wanted to return to the workforce as a biomedical engineer.

How to have the confidence to study something new

Deciding to finally start that degree you’ve always desired or one day realising that you want a change of career is undoubtedly a little daunting. We understand that before you decide to pursue your passion, you need to feel confident that you’re making the right decision. There are many things to consider including your interests, goals, strengths and whether you’re committed to taking the road untraveled. 

Needing inspiration? Check out this 'My Story' doco

Hear from some amazing women from around the world who now call Darwin home. This recent Darwin Community Arts project showcases five stories of inspiring and courageous women who migrated to Australia, studied at Charles Darwin University and established their lives and careers in the Northern Territory. The project was initiated by Creative Producer Silpi Dhungana Pant and filmed by her husband, Nitesh Raj Pant, who is currently studying Tourism at CDU. Within two days of publishing on social media, it reached more than 10,000 views globally. 'My Story' is the video documentary based on the life story of courageous, independent and inspiring women of our community here in Northern Territory.  

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.