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Launchpad is a place where you can get answers to some of the big questions you may have. Find the answers you need to help you launch into your new world of study with confidence.

Online or on campus: five questions to help you make up your mind

1. How flexible is your life?

Launchpad is a place where you can get answers to some of the big questions you may have. Find the answers you need to help you launch into your new world of study with confidence.

Alisha wasn’t happy with her Queensland uni, so she switched to CDU

What’s it like to switch from one university to another after you’ve already begun your degree? CDU graduate Alisha Chapman has a few words of advice for anyone who’s thinking of doing just that. Read on to learn how Alisha switched gears and found the path to her passion.

Will you be earning over $110,000 in 2022? That’s the forecast for nurses with postgraduate degrees.

Nurses and midwives are driven by a sense of compassion, altruism, and public service. Expanding opportunities—and salaries—make these careers even more attractive. But it’s an especially exciting time if you’re a nurse or midwife with a postgraduate degree.

9 ways to supercharge your nursing or midwifery career. And they’re all available online

Peta’s altruistic goals are inspired by a Disney heroine

People her age were “settling down” but Pat followed her dream of living and studying in Australia

How do you wrangle a brachiosaurus? Just ask Rory, the Australian Apprentice of the Year

From China to Galiwin’ku: Coco’s passion for positive change

Research: Can Indonesia’s unique batik artistry be protected by copyright?

Dina wanted to find a way of safeguarding and protecting the cultural assets and traditions of her Indonesian homeland. So, she moved from the bustling city of Yogyakarta to Darwin to pursue a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at Charles Darwin University. Read Dina’s story to find out where her journey led.

Sweta is following in her family’s footsteps at CDU

Stephanie's placement with the Red Cross in Timor-Leste

Stephanie von Kanel is in her final year of a Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies (BHCS) student. She has just completed a student placement with the National Society of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Timor-Leste, known locally as Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL). As she prepares to finish her degree, Stephanie reflects on the placement – and dissects why it was such a formative personal, professional, and academic experience.

I'm the first in my family to go to uni

Beth is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Canberra. In 2017, Beth took the first step in her journey to becoming a lawyer, by completing CDU’s free Tertiary Enabling Program. These days, Beth is well on the way to achieving her dream; she’s finishing her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law degree online, while working as a legal intern at a law firm in Brisbane.

From hairdresser to midwife: Talea’s story

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Advocating for equality and human rights: why I study Social Work

Genevieve McGuiness has always known that she wanted a career working with and helping others. She chose a Bachelor of Social Work with CDU because she's able to study externally (online) from home, while she juggles her own small business and two young children.  Now midway through her degree, we asked Genevieve to share why she's passionate about social work, where she sees her career taking her and how she manages to excel at uni, manage her business and her family commitments without burning out. 

From Arts to Accounting: Vicky’s international student journey

Huijia Liu (Vicky) describes herself as a woman who loves sunshine, smiles and exploring the world. We think she can also describe herself as a resilient and adaptive learner, having made the courageous move from Bachelor of Arts graduate to Master of Professional Accounting student in 2019. Read more to learn Vicky’s story about being an international student at Charles Darwin University’s Waterfront campus in the Northern Territory.

Rural Indonesia to nuclear NSW: Bijay's Engineering expeditions

For Nepalese student Bijay, studying engineering at Charles Darwin University has been a family affair. And as an external student who’s now pursuing a Master’s degree, his studies have taken him from a rural village in Indonesia to a nuclear energy site in NSW. Read on to find out about Bijay’s experience as a CDU student—and where he hopes it will lead. Where I’m from, Nepal, there’s still a lot of work in civil infrastructure that needs to be done. My thought was to study engineering and hopefully contribute one day

Legal Eagle Takes Flight at CDU: Errol's Story

Ben found his tribe as an international student in Darwin

International scholarship for Elinor’s Indigenous policy study dream

Studying nursing online with a full-time job: Paramjit's story

Taking a trip to the hospital for a health problem isn’t usually a way to find inspiration. But in Paramjit Kaur’s case, it’s what led her to study nursing at Charles Darwin University. Read on to learn the source of Paramjit’s inspiration and how she manages to juggle a full-time job as well as family responsibilities while studying as a part-time external student.