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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.

Learning to live away from home for uni

During her gap year, Tess Riordan worked with children with disabilities in Wodonga, Victoria. She got a real kick out of watching the children grow and learn new skills. Knowing that she wanted to continue being part of this process, Tess enrolled in Charles Darwin University’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree.

Balancing study and a great social life

Muriel Scholz moved from Katherine to begin studying a  Bachelor of Science at CDU and has chosen to live on campus at  International House Darwin (IHD). She loves to socialise with the domestic and international CDU students who also reside at IHD  and shares her experience about making life-long friends at uni, and tips about how to balance study and social life with us. I was born and raised in Katherine, just down the road. Darwin and CDU seemed like a good place to start off, being so close to home and something I was comfortable and familiar with. Initially, I discovered IHD by staying here briefly on a high school excursion but rediscovered it myself through researching accommodation options once I'd decided to move to Darwin. 

Zach Davis: a roaring success

Zach Davis has a passion for working with cars. Through CDU’s VET for Secondary Students, Zach was able to start studying a Light Automotive Certificate whilst he was in high school. After graduating last October, he went to the Gold Coast 600 to work with the Red Bull Holden Racing team.

How I tacked my biggest study challenge

Studying at university can be the incredibly rewarding path to achieving your biggest career and lifestyle goals. But it's not always smooth sailing! If you're worried about how you'll juggle study with work and family, maintaining motivation or even (gulp) failing; you're not alone. Check out some of our students' biggest study challenges and how they're overcoming them.

Are you thinking of studying, but not sure which course is the one for you?

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Decisions… decisions… Choosing the right course for you

Six real uni students on why they chose their courses, what attracted them to CDU and how they found the jump from high school to uni life.

Tackling real-world challenges with engineering

If you’ve always had an interest in science, maths and technology, see how you can apply these theories to practical challenges and help shape a better future.       

High school vs University

Making the leap from high school to university can be like Harry Potter moving from his cupboard underneath the stairs to the Hogwarts Castle. Going between two completely different worlds!

Explore our 2018 courses

Looking to start study this year? Explore our courses on offer from health, business, education, science, arts and more.

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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?

Driving success in VET + working with the V8s!

Through CDU’s VET for Secondary Students, Zach was able to start studying a Light Automotive Certificate whilst he was in high school. This is his story about giving 100% and making the most of his opportunities.

O-Week chat with Lily Trinh

We caught up with Lily during O-Week to hear her plans and motivations for uni as a high school leaver.

Didn't get the ATAR you were expecting? No worries.

We'll let you in on a little secret: there is life after your ATAR results. If you didn't get the ATAR result you needed, don't let it stop you from kicking your goals! Going to university isn't always a smooth and straight road; there are many ways to get there. So, it's time to take a roadtrip of a different kind. Below are some options to knock down those barriers between you and your desired qualification.

How Irene took the leap from high school to university

Irene is a CDU student, who once thought going to uni wasn't on the cards.

Should I go straight to uni or take a gap year?

Mind the gap! Or, don’t.