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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.

Finding the elusive little people

Tales of fairies, elves and “little people” are common folklore around the world, but despite their ubiquity they are rarely seen. Their names differ, but beliefs passed across generations are rich with stories that feature these elusive beings. South Africans talk of tikoloshe, evil dwarf-like spirits; Hawaiians have forest-dwelling menehune; the Irish speak of the mischievous leprechaun. Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies Dr Curtis Roman has examined the beliefs about little people from an Indigenous Australian perspective. Growing up in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, Dr Roman is a Larrakia man and first heard about little people when he was a young boy.

Enterprising women strike gold in Australia

If the experience of a growing number of enterprising immigrant women in Darwin is anything to go by, Australia is still the lucky country. Anecdotal evidence suggests that immigrant women have been running small businesses in the service and retail sectors for years, and that they are typically hardworking and passionate about what they do.

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Your top 10 questions answered: Vocational Education and Training

Should I study a Cert I, II, III, IV or Diploma? I'm confused!

How much does a Certificate or Diploma cost?

CDU scholarships: many kinds for many different needs

CDU has an assortment of scholarships for a variety of purposes and with a mix of selection criteria. Some scholarships are for students who show talent and passion for their area of study. Others are for students who show commitment and vision in their local community. There are scholarships for sports involvement, scholarships that offer work placement, and scholarships to help students who are struggling financially. Scholarships are also for students who might otherwise be excluded from studying at CDU due to socioeconomic, cultural and geographic reasons.

How to stay motivated when you’re in a rut, according to science

How to stand out from the crowd in today’s job market

Competition in the job-market for uni graduates can be fierce, but luckily, there are lots of things you can do to get ahead. We consulted some of the expert minds from the CDU HR team to find out what practical steps students can take to snag their dream job after uni. 

So, you want to be an engineer?

So, you want to be an engineer? Well then, you've got some decisions to make.  If you have a talent for maths and science, chances are that a teacher, a careers advisor, perhaps even an employer, has suggested that you might make a good engineer. And it’s certainly true that people who excel in these subjects often possess the skills needed in engineering - problem-solving, innovation, critical thinking, meticulous attention to detail, and curious perseverance are just some examples of these skills. What you might not realise is that to be an engineer can mean many, many things. If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an engineer is a middle-aged man, wearing a hard hat, standing on a building site, then you might be surprised to learn that engineers work in nearly every sector and industry across the world.  

Tips for making this year your best yet

When you think about the past year, are you happy with the way it played out? Did you manage to achieve everything you'd planned? It’s useful to take time to reflect, evaluate and adjust. So many of us start the new year with the best of intentions, motivated by the clean slate a new year brings. But by the end of January, often all our good intentions and best-laid plans begin to wane, and grand ideas are no more than just, er… ideas? Here are some tips on how to achieve what you set out to do, for the year ahead.

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Looking for a job? Prepare to be Googled

These days, more and more employers are using social media to screen job candidates. Some companies even have someone on staff whose job it is to explore your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other accounts to gauge whether you’ll be a good fit for the company. And while curating your social media presence can help you land a job, so is making sure your resume is current and relevant. Here are a few tips on luring an employer online and on paper.

From the Navy to Engineering, via rural India: Meet Dion

From working as an Electrical Marine Technician in the Navy, enrolling in a Bachelor of Engineering, to eventually finding himself in Western India as part of an Engineers Without Borders Summit, CDU student Dion Morrow’s path to becoming an Electrical Engineer as certainly been an interesting one. Here, Dion explains what led him to CDU, and why his trip to India highlighted the way in which engineering and humanitarian efforts can be linked. 

How do I become a lawyer?

It’s never too late to become a lawyer. At CDU, we’ve seen students realise their dream in as early as their twenties, and as late as their fifties. If this is the career path for you, read on as our Dean of Law, Dr. Alan Berman, explains the five steps you’ll need to take to get there.   

My experience as a student midwife in Bali

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Why I moved to Darwin to study Psychology

A 'once in a lifetime' summer interning at Harvard Law School

In 2017, CDU Bachelor of Laws student Paul Larder travelled to the USA, to work as a Legal Intern at Harvard Law School; specifically, its Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC).  The program, which sees one high-achieving CDU Bachelor of Law student selected to travel to Harvard each year, is now in its fifth year. It represents an exceptional opportunity for CDU Law students to develop their migration law knowledge and skills, while working and studying at one of the most elite Law Schools in the world. Paul Larder was selected for the prestigious four-week placement in 2017. Here’s his story.