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Fiona Connolly
Bachelor of Business

I can honestly say that my Bachelor of Business from CQUni was the best thing I ever did. I’d worked for many years in admin roles in finance or HR, but I wanted to progress my career. For that, I needed a degree.

I started my Bachelor of Business not because I just wanted ‘a degree’. I started it because I knew I had to do more for my children. I had to support them better, but at the same time I had to show them that you can be strong, you can achieve, you can do whatever you want to do – and be whatever you want to be – if you put your mind to it and set your goals.

Starting the degree I knew I couldn’t give up work – I had to work to support my children. So online learning was highly beneficial to me. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the ability to learn at my own pace and my own time.

It was a challenge! Having the drive to do it and just making a schedule work for me was hard. The kids got fed and put to bed and then it was Mum’s time. At 8.30 or 9 o’clock at night I would go lock myself in the office and then for the next two to three hours I looked through Moodle to see what had been updated, what documents were there, if there was a new lecture from the week before, and then started on assignments.

I was determined I was going to be better and do better. And all the lecturers really helped. Never once did a lecturer take too long to get back to me because they knew that I had to massage my time to get things done. They were wonderful, genuine people with industry experience, who were all very knowledgeable in their field.

To be honest, while I was studying there was a lot of turmoil occurring in my life. The life that my children and I had was not one anyone should be living, and I wanted to show them that it could be better. I’m proud of them for supporting me. They didn’t have to – they could have been horrible children! But they were there on my graduation day as proud as could be.

My degree improved my employment prospects beyond my wildest dreams. I applied for a position, interviewed and was offered the job within a matter of days.

I would highly recommend anybody going to CQUniversity to study. It doesn’t matter what position you’re in. If you’re ready to study, if you’re dedicated to study, and if you want to improve yourself, there’s no reason why you can’t do it now.

As for me? Ultimately I want to be a CEO, whether it’s my company or some other company. And I know CQUni’s degree will help get me there.

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