CQUni knows Danny
Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Laws
My journey with social work began at CQUniversity’s Bundaberg campus: I was 18 years old and decided to stay as all of my support networks were there. The campus was fantastic – I really enjoyed the support from lecturers and other staff, as well as from all the friends I made.
After finishing my social work degree, I realised that I could do more to help people and that led me to study law. I had such a positive experience with my first degree that when it came time to decide where to continue my studies, I wanted that same connection. CQUniversity delivered above my expectations.
The real benefit of studying online is that you can study anywhere, anytime. It was immensely important to study law online because I was already working as a full-time social worker. I had done my hard yards as a uni student and didn’t want to give up work and go back to two-minute noodles! CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Laws was offered completely online. It means that for people like me who need to work full time to support themselves, I had the option to study full time and complete a law degree in just three years.
The IT systems were great; all were simple and easy to navigate. CQUniversity also has a fantastic and welcoming online community. The students are encouraged to interact which makes the whole experience more enjoyable and enriching.
My favourite thing about studying with CQUniversity was the supportive lecturers. I learned so much and they made the courses so enjoyable and interactive. I really admire them. They continued to nurture me after I graduated. After I had been working in social work for two years, I was given the opportunity to supervise other CQUniversity students during their own social work studies. I’m still connected to a lot of the lecturers.
After finishing my Bachelor of Laws, I wasn’t ready to be a lawyer just yet. I wanted to do a bit more social work first. I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to teach English through a volunteer program in rural Colombia. I developed an interactive online program that helped people in small communities gain better English skills. When I returned to Australia, I then began working for a Gold Coast law firm as a lawyer.
As for an ultimate goal, I think I’d like to see where life takes me. I’ve got the skills and qualifications, and I know that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. I’d like to open my own law firm one day, with an attached English school that supports migrants and disadvantaged people successfully immigrate to Australia.
When I think back to where I was at 15 – scratching my head, not knowing what to do with my life – and where I am now because of the opportunities CQUniversity opened up for me, I feel so confident, professionally and personally. I probably never would have had the courage to quit my job and live abroad for a year in Colombia.
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