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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.  

Turning a hobby into a degree:  Mitchell’s story

Like so many others, Mitchell Beagley didn’t know what he wanted to do when he finished Year 12. Luckily, he discovered a traineeship in a field he’s passionate about and has since completed a Cert II and III in Aquaculture, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science with CDU – all while juggling full-time work and parenting duties. We asked him some questions about what motivates him to kick his life goals, as well as his experiences as a CDU student and the challenges he’s faced along the way.

Katie's studies abroad: Applying learnings from a Fijian adventure

Taking your studies outside the classroom can enrich your knowledge with real-world insights and understanding. And taking yourself even further out of your everyday - say, to live and study overseas for a semester - can bestow benefits such as learning another language, experiencing another culture, meeting new people, personal growth and having a great adventure. If you share Katie’s hunger for adventure, learning new things and exploring different cultural perspectives, but you’re not sure how to take the next step to pursue your passion; read on to discover how you can experience life and study in a different country.

How I tackled 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.

I want to change the world: Taking a new global perspective home

Ready to turn your passion for positive change, humanitarianism and helping others into a rewarding career? Hear how one CDU student is getting hands-on experience in the field at this year’s Engineers Without Borders Design Summit in India.

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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.

Forging your career path through study: Talal's experience

When you’re mapping a path to achieve your career goals, you’ll likely be looking at a university and a degree that can help you land a full-time job pretty quickly after graduation. But what if you could accelerate things a bit? Talal Sabri chose to study Master of Accounting (Professional Practice) at CDU because of the program’s work-experience component. Thanks to his determination, Talal was offered a full-time position even before his graduation.

Video: Advice from a Dad on Studying a Degree

Studying as a parent has its own set of challenges and rewards. If you’re a parent thinking of taking on a degree, check out this short video from one of our students on being a father, husband and casual employee while studying at uni. 

Explore our 2019 courses

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

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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.     

Kyaw's Pathway to Study

If you’re dreaming of a degree but not sure if you have the English or other skills to succeed at university, check out Kyaw’s story. 

When the accounting profession is your passion: Ajit's story

Accounting has always been a passion for Ajit Shinde. In his early twenties Ajit studied a Master of Accounting (Professional Practice) at CDU's Waterfront campus in Darwin. Today, he works as a senior auditor and helps accounting students overcome barriers during their professional practice placements. His number one piece of advice: "You need to know what you love doing and then everyday of your life is a blessing". Read on to see what this alumnus has to say about studying accounting. 

It's not what you start with: Mark's journey to studying law

 

The Humanitarian Design Summit: Everything I was expecting and more.

 

On track: sport, study and family life

Exercise and Sport Science student, professional athlete and new father, Jacob Schmid, talks about the dedication it takes to succeed across cycling, studying and fatherhood.

Studying Exercise and Sport Science

Andrew Otten and Jason Porplyzia tell us how they balance playing professional AFL for the Adelaide Crows with studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science online with CDU.

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.  

How I found my way back to nursing

Student spotlight: Danielle Armstrong - Bachelor of Nursing 

How Sam went from bridging course to PhD

Sam Keitaanpaa didn’t always plan to go to university. After Year 12, he travelled to the UK to work for a year, before returning home to Australia to work in retail. It was then that Sam realised that a career in healthcare was what he really wanted to pursue.

How I'm pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a teacher

We all have that one teacher who stays with us for life. You remember their lessons and support like it was yesterday. And now that you're all grown up, you want to be just like them. When Kelsey started studying teaching, she was in the same shoes. Read on to see how she studied her Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) online to become a Year 1 teacher in her home town in regional South Australia.