New Career

Published on June 16th, 2015 | by Leanne Waller


To study or not to study?

Who wouldn’t be apprehensive when changing careers later in life? A nagging dominant voice was saying ‘starting again … will I find a job?’

Having decided on a career in events, even though I know I could run a event with my eyes closed, I thought it important to have qualifications behind me. This would give me an edge in a competitive work environment.

Not knowing where to start, I got the ball rolling by enrolling into an Advanced Diploma of Event Management at TAFE SA. I knew within 2 weeks of this programme, it wasn’t targeted to my level of life and work experience. After speaking to the Senoir Lecture, the wise and most helpful Joanna Child, I humbly continued with this diploma but got recognised prior learning (RPI) status for almost half my subjects, and enrolled in a Masters degree. Six months later in July 2012, I embarked on 18 months full-time study doing a Master of Management (Events and Tourism) at the University of South Australia.

Apprehension consumes the mature learner. Knowing I hadn’t done anything like it for a decade or so, I asked myself will I able to this? After receiving my first result and coming out of an early exam, my worse fears were being realised. The grades of the first courses (subjects) I did were low! I put in so much more effort than my study buddies. More effort than anyone else for that matter. I doubted my ability to pass at this stage. Enter a huge hurdle …


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