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:
Believing in yourself is half the battle.
1. Not young enough
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi.
You might have a certain perception of what a student looks like but rest assured, students come in all ages! Whether you’re looking at a diploma or completing your PHD, it’s never too late to give yourself the opportunity to grow your knowledge, follow your passion and accomplish your goals.
2. Not enough time
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” - Earl Nightingale.
You can take advantage of flexible learning options, including studying as little as one unit at a time, studying online or whatever pace suits your lifestyle. You could even start with a Summer Semester course to get a head start.
Examine your “if only” statements and reword them positively. For example, “if only I had more time” can change to “I can find half an hour a day to study by limiting social media time.” Believing in yourself is half the battle.
3. Not Easy
“I'm not telling you it's going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it.” - Art Williams.
Studying is an investment in your future and sometimes it can be tough. We’re not just talking financially, but emotionally and physically too. Luckily, there is plenty of support to help you identify and achieve your goals. For example, start by finding out if Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) can assist you, and look in to scholarship opportunities.
To make sure studying adds up, you could write a list of pros and cons, including career goals and financial output. And remember, knowledge is priceless.
4. Not smart enough
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s stupid” - Albert Einstein
If you didn’t finish year 12, you’re not alone and it doesn’t mean you can’t study at uni. Our Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) might be suitable for you, oh and did we mention – it’s free?! No matter your past education accomplishments, there are many different ways to reach your desired qualification. Mark Munnich is one inspiring guy who has done exactly that and you can read his story here.
5. Not motivated enough
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." – Steve Jobs
Remind yourself why you wanted to start in the first place and what your end goal is - keep your eye on the prize!
6. Not wanting to take the risk (and possibly fail)
“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” - Eloise Ristad
Do you remember the first time you tried to ride a bike or cook risotto? If you’re anything like most people, we certainly don’t become an Olympic cyclist or chef extraordinaire the first time attempting these activities. In fact, more than likely, it ended in disaster! At first studying might seem difficult, but with perseverance and practice you’ll build the skills and knowledge you need. And there’s plenty of support and flexible study options to help you achieve success. So don’t let fear of failure be a barrier.
7. Not knowing where to start
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie
If you’re unsure what the first step would be, you can book a call-back appointment and we will contact you to discuss any questions you have, including courses that might be suitable for you and how to get started.
Now, remove the ‘nots’ from each point above, re-read and get ready to take the next steps to achieve your goals!