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How Mel stayed motivated through her IT degree

Are you wanting to study Information Technology online? Have some questions about external study? We asked a student who recently completed her IT studies about her experiences, goals, challenges and achievements. After completing Year 12, Mel Green took a few gap years and worked full-time before deciding on which university and course was right for her. After researching her options, she chose to study a Bachelor of Information Technology with CDU. Studying online from both South Australia and New South Wales, Mel has now completed her IT degree and is looking forward to attending her graduation Darwin in 2018! 

Civil engineering success

Are you thinking of studying engineering, but unsure about what’s involved or nervous about the challenges ahead? The fear of being defeated played as a key motivator for Sky McFarlane in completing her Bachelor of Civil Engineering. With the support and encouragement of her proud family, she recently graduated in Darwin and we had the opportunity to ask her some questions about her engineering study experience.

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.

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 this October, he will be heading to the Gold Coast 600 to work with the Red Bull Holden Racing team.

Are your excuses stopping you from achieving your uni dream?

Let’s face it - we’re all guilty of making excuses from time to time, which ultimately stop us from achieving success. The reality is though, only we have the ability to make the positive change to be who we want to be and to stop letting excuses stand in our way of a better education, future and lifestyle. Here are some of the biggest barriers people can let hold them back from studying at uni:

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Clever ways to complete your degree sooner

Just because you’re jogging, doesn’t mean you’re not enjoying the journey!

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.

Get hands-on in environmental science whilst studying online

Professor Jenny Davis is the Head of School of Environment. Jenny is a freshwater ecologist who has undertaken projects on freshwater biodiversity and wetland monitoring, management and conservation, in all Australian states and Malaysia (Sarawak). She has a passion for understanding the patterns and processes that characterise Australia’s iconic dryland and tropical rivers and wetlands.

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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Stop digital burnout in its tracks

Let’s face it – in 2017, communications technology, such as computers, smartphones and tablets are a necessary part of university student life. It’s our digital footprints on online learning management systems, social media, email and other digital communications platforms that allow us to live two lives: one in person and one online. But, we need to remember that our devices were designed to make studying easier and to enrich our university experience – not to take over our lives. So if you feel exhausted by your emails and stressed out by your Snapchat, it might be time to take a look at your digital consumption habits to make sure you’re not heading for tech burnout.

Chantal's organisation hacks for uni

Adjusting to the pace of uni study can be difficult, particularly if you’ve taken time out for a gap year, to start your career, or to raise a family. Being disorganised can be a deal-breaker for uni success, but it doesn’t come naturally to all of us. CDU Tertiary Enabling Program graduate and current Education degree student (and former efficiency amateur), Chantal Jennison, recently shared her tips to get – and stay – organised for study.

Making the most of opportunities in business and accounting

Hear from Kylie Taylor of Deloitte about CDU Business School’s professional placements.

Six quick tips to de-stress

Stress expresses itself in many different ways: feelings of overwhelming anxiety, a quickened heart rate, that queasy feeling in your stomach, or a tension headache that just won’t go away. However your stress rears its ugly head, you have the ability to shut it down in minutes with these quick tips.

Newborn and new career path: how 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 I found my way back to nursing

Student spotlight: Danielle Armstrong - Bachelor of Nursing (2016)

Why I pursued my passion after having a child

We caught up with Sarah during O-Week just one hour before her exam for a Summer Semester course! She’s been focused on her growing family over the last four years and has decided that now is the right time to pursue her passion by starting her first degree.

How to #GetOrganised for study

You’ve just started the new semester, textbooks in tow. It’s now time to #GetOrganised to prep yourself for a productive few months!

Q&A with a working mum who took on study

Wondering if it’s possible to balance study and family?

Balancing work and study: how Kat did it

Want to study and continue working but want to know if it’s possible? Kat Ferguson-Acompora gives her tips on how she went from completing a diploma to starting a degree and working fulltime.  By Kat Ferguson-Acompora

Preparing for your studies: creating your study space

There are many challenges you may face when starting or returning to University. One of these is finding the best place to study.