Study Mum – Amy

Meet Study Mum Amy

Name: Amy

Age: 33

Family & Location: Currently living in Adelaide with my husband, 5-year-old daughter, almost 2-year-old son, and 2 dogs. We’ve recently relocated back to Adelaide after spending a number of years in Katherine in the NT and Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Currently Studying:

Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education

I Rate This Course 4 Out of 5 Stars * * * *

Educational Institute:

Charles Sturt University.

I Rate This Educational Institute 5 Out of 5 Stars  * * * **

What I love About My Course:

I love the course I am studying I really enjoy teaching adults and it is my grand plan to use my experience, skills, and education to help others learn. Studying through Charles Sturt University has been a great experience with a good online environment and amazingly supportive lecturers and staff.

What I Find Challenging About My Course:

Online, study in general, can be challenging, trying to fit it in with work, family and now my own online business is kind of crazy! It is important to be organised and using your time smartly.

Previous Qualifications:

My completed qualifications include a Certificate IV in Information Technology and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I have also completed a lot of short courses in various areas (I just love to learn!)

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up:  

I have started a few different degrees (IT, Business, Arts, and Nursing) at various universities (UniSA, Flinders, OUA, CDU, UNE) before finally coming to Charles Sturt University and the Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education – where I think I have finally found my calling! During the years I have worked in various locations and industries. I love education and teaching adults. It is mutually rewarding to share my experience and expertise and seeing the difference it makes in people’s lives.

My Best Study Tips And Tricks Are:

Plan, plan, plan.

Before the semester starts I get the copies of the course outlines and get my calendar out. I mark up all the key dates and stick them in a prominent area where I will constantly see them. I try and plan study blocks during the week and work out what subjects fit into each block. I also use the calendar on my phone to set reminders.

My Biggest Challenge As A Study Mum Has Been:

My biggest challenge as a study mum has been looking after myself. There have been times where I have been so overwhelmed and literally just unable to function. It has taken its toll and took me a long time to realise I had to put myself first sometimes so that I could look after others better. Looking after yourself and your own mental health is paramount so that you can be there for your family and still achieve your dreams.

How I Keep Motivated:

I keep myself motivated by selecting the subjects within my course that interest me. I am fortunate that my current degree ties into my professional job and business idea so it keeps me going. Plus finally wearing that graduation cap will be a fantastic feeling!

My Best Advice For Other Mums Who Are Considering Studying:

My best advice to mums considering studying would be to find a subject you are passionate about. It will make the study so much more interesting. If you aren’t sure if you would really be interested in that career path then ask. Find someone in that area and ask the questions you want to know. I have been in the position of both asking and answering those sort of questions, and it is very rewarding to be able to actually talk to someone working in the area you want to be in.

“I am currently working full time in IT while studying part-time and working on my blog and my own online courses.”

Click on the button below to check out Amy’s blog for helpful tips, tools and resources.

The IT Mum Blog  


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