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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.

Where do art and environmental activism intersect? Ally is creating answers.

When asked to describe herself, CDU Bachelor of Creative Arts student Allyce (Ally) Pecket digs deep: “I’m a passionate interdisciplinary eco-feminist artist who connects aesthetic creativity and narratives about social and environmental themes.” Environmental themes certainly resonate in Ally’s work.

Hannah is researching military vets who attend uni—and she’s one of them

At first, Australian Air Force veteran Hannah Taino-Spick didn’t think she was eligible to do a research degree. Thanks to a supportive professor at Charles Darwin University, however, Hannah is now pursuing a PhD via a Higher Degree by Research (HDR). Her focus is on Australian Defence Force veterans who pursue higher education post-discharge. And she’s found that for former members of the military like her, studying can bring optimism and a new path post-military.

May's bold choices led her to CDU and on to career success.

See where CDU’s study abroad program has taken Lucy

Could you complete an online law degree whilst parenting? Margaret did.

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

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

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

As a nurse or midwife, you’re a member of one of the world’s most trusted professions, and your employment prospects have always been strong. But with a new decade upon us and new technologies on the horizon, now is the time to futureproof your career.

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

Pattarawadee Chatleelawat—Pat for short—made the move to the quiet city of Darwin from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok to study a Certificate III & IV of Commercial Cookery and a Diploma of Hospitality Management with Charles Darwin University. This experienced hotelier has her sights set on a career as a hospitality entrepreneur, but as an international student, wanted to formalise the skills she’s honed during her career in the hotel industry before embarking on this exciting new life stage.

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

Overseeing the move of Big Kev the dinosaur may not be the most important recent event in Rory Milner’s life, but it’s right up there. “Big Kev is a Territory icon. People ask me, ‘How’s Kev? Will he be safe?” says the Charles Darwin University graduate.

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

Studying a Master of Teaching at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus, with the aim to graduate in 2021, Coco Chan has embraced her new life in Australia. Listing watching the sunsets from Darwin’s Mindil and Nightcliff Beaches and camping in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks among her favourite pursuits, Coco has been taken by the veritable cultural melting pot that is Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. Hear more of Coco’s story below.

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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

The person I am today as a student in my final semester is completely different from who I was in my first semester. There’s a lot to be said for family traditions, particularly when it comes to selecting a university and choosing a career path. International student Sweta Maharjan is the fourth member of her family to study at Charles Darwin University, pursuing her dream of becoming a chartered accountant like her dad. Family is everything to Sweta. Her drive to study accounting bloomed as a child growing up in Nepal, where she witnessed her father’s passion and professionalism when going about his work as the chairman of a cooperative. “I’ve always seen my father wearing a proper suit to work,” Sweta said. “I remember him giving speeches at annual general meetings in his role as chairman, and he’s still the chair, delivering speeches each year!” As a little girl, Sweta would picture herself as an adult, following in her father’s footsteps as a chartered accountant, a dream and tradition her dad was delighted to support by encouraging Sweta to study a Bachelor of Accounting. Sweta’s aunt, uncle and sister had wonderful experiences as students at Charles Darwin University and were quick to recommend it to her. “My aunt, uncle and my sister have been living in Darwin for more than five years,” Sweta said. “They told me all about the city when I was making up my mind about where to study. “Some things, like the weather, are very similar to Nepal, which made it easier for me to adapt to life here.” Until making the move to Australia to study with CDU, Sweta had lived her life under her parents’ wings and it took a while to get used to her new life as an international university student, where she would have to fend for herself. “The reality of my first day of university did not meet my expectations,” Sweta said. “I was feeling homesick, I didn’t know anyone, and because English was my third language, I struggled with communication barriers.” “Everywhere I looked, I saw strangers and I started really missing my friends back home. I was too shy to ask questions in class, and it took me some time to adjust to the pace of university study. Plus I had no idea how to balance study and work. There were just so many adjustments I had to make in my life.” By talking to her family about how she was feeling and learning from their similar experiences, Sweta said her confidence began to grow.   “After the first semester, I had learned how to manage my time better and I was able to keep on top of my study load,” Sweta said. “I’d developed the confidence to ask questions in class when I was having trouble understanding. I’d also made some great friends and by having a support network at university I was coping better with feelings of homesickness.” By Semester 2 of her first year, Sweta had joined the ranks of CDU’s Student Ambassadors, where she made lifelong friends and helped new students make the transition to university life. “The person I am today as a student in my final semester is completely different from who I was in my first semester,” “I feel more confident because of everything I’ve experienced along the way—the good and the bad—and I know I can do things that used to scare me.” Ready to start or advance your accounting career? Study Accounting online or on campus at CDU to find your new world, your way. Choose from a Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor or Master of Accounting. Explore our courses.

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.

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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.