Study helps Mary on new career path
WHEN Mary Bolling saw a chance to hit the books again, she gladly took it.
After starting a new job with CQUniversity, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to get back to studying, and she began her diploma of project management through Train@CQUniversity.
"Before my job with the university I was a journalist, so project management was completely different for me," Mary said.
"The diploma was an optional extra with the job and it helped with the work I was undertaking."
Mary said juggling study and full-time work was a challenge, but it's all paid off, as she took home a Queensland Training Award on the weekend.
Mary was named the vocational student of the year for the Central Queensland region.
"I was shocked when I won and felt lucky I had the opportunity to undertake the diploma," she said.
"The diploma allowed me to study at my own pace and took around 10 months to complete."
Mary plans to put the books down for awhile, but has a few community projects in mind.
QTA winners - Central Queensland
Dion Schloss, Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year
Kiara Lavia, Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year
Hannah Briggs, School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year
Mary Bolling, Vocat- ional Student of the Year
Mariah Mallie, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
Paul Kelly, VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year
Biggenden Engineering Works, Small Employer of the Year
JM Kelly Group of Companies, Employer of the Year