If you’re thinking about university study, just do it
For my first degree I had to manage the demands of study, work and living by myself. As a young person it wasn’t easy. However, I had the support of friends, work colleagues and family.
I have completed two degrees. I commenced my first degree – Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at The University of Queensland and completed it in 1998. In 1999, I commenced my second degree – a Bachelor of Laws at Queensland University of Technology – externally on a part-time basis. I completed my second degree in 2011.
During my second degree the main challenge was balancing a full-time, demanding job with lots of travel and study. Studying law is hard. Adding a full-time job in the mix makes it seem impossible.
I got through most of my course successfully, but I did fail one subject because I didn’t put in the effort. I let my paid work take priority over my study. That was a big lesson for me. So I pulled my socks up and was determined to blitz the subject. I got a distinction the second time around.
I don’t doubt that my university qualifications and work experience have helped me advance my career. They provided me with the technical skills of research, critical thought and problem solving essential for any job, especially senior executive roles like mine.
If you’re thinking about university study, just do it. It’s a lot of work but it’s intellectually challenging and with enough effort you will get through it.