Certificate III in Business Administration graduate Dimity Stjernqvist kick started her career and her education with CQUniversity.
Born in Mount Isa to an Indigenous mother and non-Indigenous father' Dimity and her family frequently moved around Queensland' which saw Dimity attending six different primary schools before finally settling into Rockhampton.
After graduating high school' Dimity said she was seeking the chance to gain professional growth' and when the opportunity arose to complete a qualification in Business Administration while also starting her career in the higher education industry' she knew that was an opportunity to seize.
"I had been searching for a job that I could see myself creating a career out of. I am very fortunate to have found an opportunity to do that with CQUniversity'" she said.
Dimity was selected to undertake her traineeship with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President' which unfolded many opportunities for her.
"The highlight of my studies was the office I was selected to join' as the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President was my first choice' and I am so glad that I got to experience and learn from the people within the office'" Dimity expressed.
"They exposed me to many areas of the university' where I gained experience in sponsorship and insurance' as well as learning from the staff within the library and the finance department."
Dimity said working in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor was an eye-opening experience.
"I did not realise there were so many different departments and sectors that worked behind the scenes of a university. It was an amazing experience'" she said.
"I really value the amount of people from across the university and externally that I had the chance to interact with.
"I had the pleasure of meeting so many diverse people' as well as gaining experience and skills that I would not have had the chance to achieve elsewhere."
Dimity credits her success to her supervisor and mentor' Elle Mccosker' who she says was her biggest supporter throughout her study experience.
"Elle ensured that my tasks at work correlated to the unit I was working on and arranged experience for me outside of the Chancellery Office'" Dimity said.
"Overall' she really supported and motivated me to become more confident in myself and my work."
Now that Dimity has graduated with her Certificate III in Business Administration' she hopes to continue to develop her skills in ways that will generate new and exciting pathways for her.
"I have started a new position in VET – Operations and Growth at CQUniversity and I am super excited to start learning all about the TAFE side of the university'" she said.
"I am also learning Swedish in my spare time' which is actually where my surname name is from."