Boy oh boy, what a way to graduate to fresh career

Published:04 September 2019

Shae Marr receiving her graduation certificate

Shae Marr recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry) with Distinction.

Shae Marr found the flexibility of CQUniversity study absolutely critical as she completed her Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry) with Distinction, while raising four young boys.

The Emerald resident had originally planned to progress straight from high school to university in Brisbane but found out she was pregnant with her first son, only a few days before flying out.

"It was four years later when I started seeing my friends starting to graduate that I decided I should have another go at enrolling in tertiary study," Shae says.

"I was working in retail but securing a CQUniCares BHP Indigenous Scholarship gave me the freedom to focus on my studies with CQUniversity, while also funding childcare."

Shae now has two young boys and has also helped care for her partner's two young sons for the past 18 months.

She also juggled her study alongside a volunteer role as Director and Chairperson of the Central Highlands Aboriginal Corporation.

"My life was pretty full on as a mother, student and volunteer; it certainly helped being able to study via distance education, meaning I only had to come to Rockhampton for residential schools, where I really enjoyed putting my knowledge into practice," she says.

"My assignment for Food Science and Analysis was published in an international scientific journal during my second year, under the title: The Use of Electrochemical Biosensors in Food Analysis.

"As well as being a proud Indigenous student, I have the accomplishment of being the first in my family to graduate university."

Shae was delighted to be offered a role with the Emerald office of a global firm, SLR Consulting, while she was still completing her exams.

Her job focus is on monitoring groundwater quality at local mine sites, ensuring compliance with environment agreements and reporting to government, meaning she spends about a third of her work time in the field.

Shae is in good company as a graduate, as CQUniversity's reputation as a world-leading tertiary education institution has been on the rise.

CQUni has again ranked in the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and performed well in the subject rankings for Education, Business and Economics, and Social Sciences. The University was also awarded five stars over six categories in the Good Universities Guide 2019 ratings release, including for graduate employment and starting salary – placing the University in the top 20 per cent of Australian universities.

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Other courses available to Rockhampton-based students that have great outcomes for both graduate employability and salaries include the innovative Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) which has an embedded Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, enabling students to gain work in childcare while completing their degree.

Students can also get their teeth into CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Oral Health which qualifies graduates to perform preventive and operative dentistry for children and adults.

Creative Arts options include the Diploma of Visual Arts, focused on the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and jewellery.

Another vocational qualification, the Certificate III in Horticulture is perfect for people seeking outdoor work involved in growing and managing plants.

The Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) offers a unique blend of criminology, psychology, sociology, law and forensic science units.

CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Building Design is available online and equips graduates for work with design, architectural, planning, building or engineering firms, as well as government departments and corporations.

Graduates from CQUni’s Bachelor of Nursing have access to a range of professional development short courses in fields including Wound Management and Triage.

CQUniversity’s Social Enquiry study options, as part of an Arts degree, provide an avenue for students to examine every day social life through the systemic study of social structures and interactions, combining sociology with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander studies.

Bachelor of Allied Health can prepare students for a roles in health promotion, public health, health research and health education, or to enter graduate-entry courses in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Speech Pathology or Public Health.

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