Never too late to study
DESPITE having finished school at Year 11, 59-year-old Lyndall Wolffe is well on her way to achieving a Bachelor Business (Accounting) degree at Swinburne Online.
A little nudge from her manager along with a hint that it would help her progress through the organisation put Lyndall on the study path, but then she was made redundant.
"I started a new job about four weeks later with a residential construction company and continued with the degree. I expect to complete early 2020," Lyndall said.
The hardest thing about the study, said Lyndall, was the opportunity cost in leisure and family time.
"This weekend I am attending the Master Builders regional awards at the Gold Coast on Saturday, and I have two assessments due Monday. There's no time to rest up on Sunday after a big night out, as I will have to get into it first thing Sunday morning."
What Lyndall does enjoy is the comfort of doing a university degree from the comfort of her own home.
"Who would have thought it when I first entered the workforce in the 70s? Technology really is fantastic, and the global progression I have seen in my lifetime is really mind-blowing. I never grow tired of hearing about the next big thing."
Of course, studying from your lounge room does require computer skills.
"My experience with computers started back in the DOS days, and it has been the longest learning curve of my life, and it continues every day," she said.
"I can't say that these skills were easy to acquire, but having the advantage of almost daily exposure for the last 40 years has made it second nature."
Lyndall said that didn't mean that you don't need to upskill and stay across the changes.
"The study has allowed me to approach my workload with confidence. If I don't know something, I have the knowledge to be able to obtain answers I need from a credible source. It is empowering," she said.
"At the age of 20, when I was first married, I had no idea what I was capable of and what I could achieve. That I can reach out and obtain more knowledge whenever I want is liberating. I feel my mind is more agile now than it was all those years ago. I am more confident, even given my age, and feel that my life is only just beginning."
Swinburne Online launched in 2011, with a suite of courses in the fields of Business, Social Science and Communication and now offers more than 30 undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and short courses across six disciplines.
Students studying online receive the same qualification as an on-campus student along with an interactive online learning environment, the flexibility of online study and seven-day support.