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A quick step into nursing with an online degree: Meet Michelle

As a busy mum and trained dancer, Michelle never dreamed that a different career would be possible. But CDU changed all that. Waltzing through a flexible online nursing degree, she's is now dancing to a different tune working as a nurse.

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VET student Jahdai Vigona on Casuarina campus

Award-winning trainee Jahdai has health research at the heart

A proud Tiwi Islands man, Jahdai Vigona is giving back to his community through his work at the Menzies School of Health Research. By starting a VET traineeship, Jahdai not only became the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, but he also opened up a world of opportunities for his future. 

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MBA student Ellie holding book on campus

An "unexpected" MBA journey helped Ellie thrive in business

Ellie had grown up in her parents’ business and always knew she wanted to start one of her own. The Master of Business Administration at CDU was the “unexpected and utterly unprecedented experience” that would see her fulfil that ambition and much more.

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VET Lecturer Wendy Blight

How one VET course launched Wendy's award-winning career

Without finishing high school, Wendy moved to the NT and started working in hospitality. Her decision to study a VET course at CDU inspired a love of learning, followed by a love of teaching. Turns out, she's pretty good at it! 

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MBA graduate Commander Sachin Sharma

An MBA changed this top cop's worldview

Sachin Sharma was a Superintendent of the NT Police when he decided to study a Master of Business Administration online at CDU. It would change his worldview—and his career. 

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Saba Sadiq MBA graduate at work

Saba's MBA sparked a whole new career

After almost a decade of working in diverse multinational organisations, Saba Sadiq had plenty of people skills. A Master of Business Administration gave her the knowledge to harness people management strategy and enter a new dream career in HR.

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Jessica Lacey with nursing colleagues at Howard Springs

From soccer star to nursing degree: Jessica's story

A knee injury forced A-grade soccer star Jessica to reassess her future. A suggestion from her grandparents led to an online nursing degree at CDU, and now she’s kicking goals in a totally new career.

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CDU Alumni Awards finalist Ross Cook

The student that just keeps giving: Meet Ross

Ross Cook’s extensive career is testament to his adaptability, skills and caring nature. His study experience with CDU built a greater sense of confidence in his own abilities and what he could achieve. Now he's paying it forward.

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CDU Alumni Awards finalist Jurse Salandanan

Building community from the ground up: Meet Jurse

Jurse Salandanan's love of paying it forward saw him forming an award-winning organisation in response to COVID-19. He's already contributed significantly to the architectural and international student community, but he's only getting started. 

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Horticulture student Chloe Roch at work in the nursery

From Paris to planting Australian natives: Chloe’s story

Nature lover Chloe lives in Humpty Doo and juggles her job at a plant nursery, her daughter, and her studies at CDU. She may be from Paris, but this horticulture student has set up roots in the Top End.

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