Tony launches new career at 62
AT 62, most people are approaching retirement, but Tony Gubbins is opting for a career change.
Today Tony, or 'Gubbo' as he is affectionately known, will retire from 30 years at CQUniversity to embark on a new career in teaching.
The Rockhampton man only recently recovered from bowel cancer.
For Tony it was a life changing event that inspired him to examine his future.
"I was in a hospital bed in Brisbane thinking about the meaning of life; 'have I done everything I wanted to do?'" he said.
"I thought, 'you are not going to be here forever, so you have to go out and do it'."
For Tony, it was putting his years of experience with students and a teaching degree into practice.
In a few weeks time Tony will begin his new career as an English and SOSE teacher at Emmaus College.
"I have been dealing with students for 30 years, and now I have the opportunity to make a difference at the beginning of their study life," he said.
Tony's three decades with the university began in 1979 when he himself was a student.
He then became a staff member working with student services, particularly with student welfare, counselling, accommodation, finances and general student inquiries.
This later evolved into careers advising, school visits and student recruitment.
Tony has been MC at numerous University events, including graduations, and for the past 20 years he has led the Rockhampton graduation procession, with mace in hand, as the official beadle.
Having returned to study to become a teacher, Tony will graduate on February 16 from the Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching program.
Ironically, he will be the MC at his own graduation ceremony.
"I didn't want to miss out on doing both so I made the arrangements...it's something they have always asked me to do and I asked them to do both," he said.
Tony reminisces about the time he wrote the Capricornia College's Blessing which now hangs in the dining hall of the residential college.
Reflecting on his time at the University, Tony said he had many fond memories that will stay with him forever.
"My years here have, in the main, been fabulous. "I am proud to have been a small part of this growth as both a student, staff member and as a member of council," he said.
"I have been involved in the lives and development of many students and staff and am grateful for these encounters."