Upskilling with CQUni gave Dan the edge to excel in project management

08 April 2021

Daniel Hooper is building his own path to a long career in the construction industry' with CQUniversity supporting him from undergraduate' through to postgraduate study.

"After school' I completed a Bachelor of Engineering' and it was while working in that field that I realised the demand for project management'" Mr Hooper said.

"The construction industry is heavily weighted towards large projects' so I needed a better understanding to be able to apply myself in that area."

Fortunately' he found himself a seamless study pathway through CQUniversity's flexible distance learning.

"I chose CQUniversity because I'd studied there before' and I'd had a great experience the first time around.

"The online and incremental nature of the postgraduate courses were the biggest drawcards for me."

"At the end of my first year' I received my Graduate Certificate in Project Management' before continuing onto a Graduate Diploma of Project Management'" he explained.

"I was worried that I wouldn't be able to achieve high results while maintaining my heavy onsite workload' but the attractiveness of CQUni is that you can 'scale' back the course structure to suit your circumstances.

"Thanks to CQU support staff and my teachers I was able to continue working full time and study without jeopardising either."

He encouraged others to consider upgrading their qualifications and increase their career opportunities.

"One of the main reasons I came back to CQUni is because the courses are structured around how we can apply the knowledge in the field. I know in a lot of other universities it's more about just learning the theory without understanding how that can be put into practice' which is what employers look for.

"I knew studying again was the right choice because as soon as I started my degree I was able to use my new knowledge in my workplace. It enabled me to be a lot more efficient at my job straight away' enough that people definitely noticed the new ideas I was applying to my work.

"The courses prepare you to work across a broad range of industries and provided me unique opportunities across Australia. Over the past few years' I have worked within Rockhampton' Melbourne and now Brisbane.