Narita beats fear, follows her heart to find new career
There's no set formula for achieving career success. Many head for university straight out of school, while others take a gap year - or two, or three.
Then there are those who head into the workforce and years later decide that they want to re-train, up-skill or re-invent themselves for a new career.
No matter what stage you are in life, education can provide loads of opportunities to achieve success.
That's why CQUniversity Australia provides various pathways for students to achieve their career goals.
North Queensland mother Nareeta Davis was in her mid-30s when she built up the courage to meet her half-siblings for the first time. It was this life-changing experience which spurred her on to do something she previously had felt too scared to contemplate.
Nareeta believes it gave her the inner strength to follow her heart and to begin her journey to become a solicitor.
"I disliked school and struggled, but now thanks to my newfound confidence and after completing CQUni's preparatory STEPS course I'm getting good marks in my Bachelor of Laws program. I'm even tutoring other students," she said.
CQUniversity's STEPS program has been operating for 28 years and has seen thousands of students like Nareeta make the decision to follow their dreams and re-engage with study.
STEPS provides students with the right foundations to pursue a university qualification. It allows students to acquire the skills needed to complete a university program and also instils confidence to achieve.
Upon completion of STEPS, students can apply for entry to a CQUniversity diploma or degree through the University's direct entry process.
Nareeta is now well advanced in her Bachelor of Laws degree and is getting good grades, despite her busy life. She's the mother of two primary school children and also works part time.
Her newfound confidence has also led to her successful nomination for the Queensland Law Society Student Ambassador Program. She is the only CQUni ambassador and sole Queensland representative for online law studies, and at the age of 40 is also the eldest in the program.
Pathways into higher education are no longer linear. Students find themselves at university or TAFE at any age. In fact, some begin studying at university even before finishing school.
CQUniversity's SUN (Start Uni Now) program enables students in years 11 and 12 to enrol in a range of courses either on campus or online whilst still completing their high school studies.
Not only does SUN allow students to gain a 'sneak peek' into university life, it also entitles the student to direct entry into an undergraduate degree at CQUniversity.
With CQUniversity's flexible study options, students are able to study full time, part time, on campus or online, and if life circumstances change, so too can students' study plans.
For further information regarding pathways into university, visit cqu.edu.au/study2016 or phone 132786.