INSTEAD of sitting at home twiddling her thumbs, Eve Clark took her career into her own hands.
After struggling to find employment, the Rockhampton mother-of-four set out to further her skills in the hope it would help her land a job.
And Ms Clark said it paid off.
"I was sitting at home bored and unable to find a job so I thought, what better way to use my time than doing a diploma and get my skills up and going so I can achieve some bigger goals," Ms Clark said.
"I started a double diploma of management and business through SmartCity Vocational College and finished that in November."
After completing the double diploma, Ms Clark landed a job at the Allenstown Hotel and said she isn't stopping there.
"I do bartending and some bistro work here. It has been amazing working here," she said.
"I was nominated to compete in the UGLY Bartender of the Year fundraising competition this year as well and I'm really excited about that.
"I started the diploma because I wanted to start my own business and help out children with disabilities by helping them find work placement and things like that. I'd like to run a business in the next five to 10 years.
"My daughter has inspired me to do that. She has a speech and language impairment so she learns a lot slower than the average child.
"I'm always looking to try new things and I'm open to all aspects of education to broaden my opportunities."
Allenstown Hotel venue manager Stephen Millar said Ms Clark's enthusiasm and confidence were key to her gaining employment.