STEPS life-changing for Earl
AFTER 20 years living in the UK as an antique dealer, Rockhampton’s Earl Robinson is pushing ahead with a new career.
Earl has embarked on a career and life change thanks to CQUniversity’s STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies) program.
He has recently completed his first term of study in the university’s Bachelor of Psychology program after his introduction to university through STEPS.
Next week the university will hold an information session to promote the program, which offers a 13-week accelerated, or a 26-week extended program to provide adult learners with the skills and confidence necessary to embark on tertiary study.
Although originally from Rockhampton, Earl lived in the UK for 20 years working as an antique dealer – a job that he said was getting harder all the time.
After his wife died, he decided it was time to return home to family with his teenage children.
“I saw an ad on the television about STEPS and decided that was the course I would take,” Earl said.
“I thought it was time to do something for myself ... so I enrolled.”
Unknown to him at the time, his sister had also graduated from the program some years before.
Earl completed the program in the first term of last year and then began studying psychology mid-year.
“STEPS gave me the confidence to start uni. It got my mind thinking again and it opened my mind to new things.
“It also made me question things more ... made me think outside the box.”
Looking to the future, Earl hopes to enrol in the clinical masters program after graduating from the undergraduate program.
Earl said his experience had opened his children’s eyes to university as well.
“I encourage them to consider university as an option,” he said.
“The important thing is to realise that there are options out there.”
CQUniversity will hold an information session for people interested in enrolling in the STEPS program in 2010. An information and testing session is planned for Wednesday, February 3, from 9am in Rockhampton.
Interested people should contact Pam McMahon on 4930 9059.