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5 questions you must ask a uni before starting an online degree

A lot has changed lately. Online degrees have long been the norm for Charles Darwin University, but for many Australians, the idea of studying online from home is part of the ‘new normal’ post Coronavirus lockdown. But, not all online learning is created equal.

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    Zach Davis: a roaring success

    Zach Davis has a passion for working with cars. Through CDU’s VET for Secondary Students, Zach was able to start studying a Light Automotive Certificate whilst he was in high school. After graduating, he went to the Gold Coast 600 to work with the Red Bull Holden Racing team.

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    How I got into the swing of study before starting uni

    Felex completed our Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) in order to gain the skills to succeed at university after moving from Uganda. We asked him about his experience studying TEP, VET and Higher Education with CDU.

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    Sunny feels the kindness of the CDU community

    Growing up watching her Mum teach secondary school English in China, it was only a matter of time before Sunny followed in her mum's footsteps to study teaching at CDU. What she found was more than just a classroom.

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    How to budget for study

    It can be hard to imagine how it would be possible to start or return to study on a reduced income, with bills to pay and perhaps a family to consider. But with a little bit of planning and a realistic assessment of your budget, you may find that your new world is closer than you thought.   

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    Why an Arts degree is worth studying

    Is an arts degree worth it? It’s a question you might be asking yourself as the Australian Government proposes to re-direct funding from Arts degrees to degrees in health, education, science and technology. It absolutely is, says Dean Ruth Wallace. 

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    COVID-19 and uni: Q&A for Year 12s

    If you’re getting ready to transition from high school to further studies amidst COVID-19, you probably already anticipated a more stressful year than usual. The pandemic, the lockdown, and the economy wobbles have added a few more worries. So, how should you be preparing for uni? 

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Student life

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    Setting smart goals for uni

    One of the most important things you can do in the early stages of your university journey is to define your long and short term goals. These will keep you focused and motivated. Long-term goals define who you want to be and what you want to achieve. They’re the big picture view of why you’re at university.  The next step is to create short term goals to help you achieve your long-term ones. 

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    Preparing for your studies: creating your study space

    Finding the best place to study is one of the most important things you'll do when starting or returning to uni. Read these top tips for creating the ideal study space. 

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    How much time do I need to study?

    Are you wondering whether you have the time to balance study with other important commitments in your life such as work, family and friends?

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After university

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    Your career: How to be a great therapist

    If you're finishing your studies in psychology at CDU, now's the time to be thinking about how you'll apply what you've learned to propel your career forward. Here, Dr Simon Moss from CDU, shares his advice on how to be a great therapist.

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    Debra used her study at CDU to climb the corporate ladder

    When Debra Hutcheson started her career at entry level with the Northern Territory Government, she knew she wanted to achieve more. Studying at CDU was just the thing she needed to make an impression and rise up the ranks. 

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    How to stand out from the crowd in today’s job market

    Competition in the job-market for uni graduates can be fierce, but luckily, there are lots of things you can do to get ahead. We consulted some of the expert minds from the CDU HR team to find out what practical steps students can take to snag their dream job after uni. 

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Research impact

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    Damian's on the frontline of malaria research at CDU

    Each year, malaria infects more than 200 million people across the globe, with more than 400,000 of those people losing their fight with the deadly disease. Damian Oyong is on the frontline with research that could improve the lives of millions. 

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    Hao’s honing in on microwave photonic technology

    After studying at Tianjin University of Technology and working as an electronics engineer for big brands like Samsung and Honeywell, Hao moved from China to Darwin to study a Master's degree at CDU. He's now working towards his PhD in microwave photonic signal processing.

  • CDU student Dina Widyaputri Kariodimedjo on a loom
    Law

    Can copyright laws protect Indonesia's unique batik art?

    Dina wanted to find a way of safeguarding and protecting the cultural assets and traditions of her Indonesian homeland. So, she moved from the bustling city of Yogyakarta to Darwin to pursue a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) at CDU to do just that. 

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