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Six tips for returning to study

This article appears in:
Future and Focus

Does the idea of returning to study as an adult student fill you with excitement but also trepidation? Reduce your anxiety and increase your confidence with these six easy tips.

1. Discover yourself

Choosing a career that maximises your personality and natural strengths will mean you are more likely to be passionate about your work, helping you progress in your chosen field.  

2. Define your goals

What is the goal and purpose for you studying? What do you really wantto get out of it?  

  • Have you always wanted to pursue a certain career, but life got in the way?
  • Are you in a passionless job and looking for change? Or;
  • Are you in a career you love and need further skills to get a promotion?  
    Clarifying your goals gives you focus and purpose that fuels you through late nights typing up assignments and weekends dedicated to study.  

3. Talk to your friends, family and employer

Discussing your study options with those close to you can help you realistically define your goals and clarify your next steps. Friends and family can also be your greatest supporters when times get tough or you want to celebrate successes. Your employer may also be able to offer you financial support, study leave or new projects to apply your learning.  

4. Set your priorities: Be realistic

Your world will change when you start studying. You’ll need to consider how it will impact different areas of your life; work, family, finances and social activities. Create a timetable to find out how study will fit with your current commitments, and keep revisiting your goals to remind yourself of why you’re making short term sacrifices.  

Pick up more tips and download handy planners from CDU’s own online student portal, Learnline.

5. Research courses and enrolment dates

Find out more about the courses that interest you. Explore the individual units in each course to see what you will learn and what specialisations will equip you for next career.

Find out now what courses you could start next semester.

6. Get help and apply

It’s natural to have some questions about your course or the application process, and it can help to talk to a real person before taking the plunge. If you’re busy, book an appointment time that suits and we’ll call you back, or dive straight in and apply online.

Learning is all about stretching, growing and challenging yourself. It’s also rewarding and empowering; and can help you reach your career and personal goals for many years after the last exam is over. 

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This article appears in:
Future and Focus

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