I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree at WAIT in 1982, the first person in my family to gain a university qualification. I chose WAIT as I wanted to be a journalist and the Institute produced a newspaper on campus. I didn’t stick with journalism but I enjoyed my studies and so completed my degree.
About ten years later I returned to what was then Curtin University of Technology to do a Graduate Diploma in Business, later also completing a Master degree. There is a lot of evidence of the transformational power of education, and I know I wouldn’t have my current job (at Curtin!) or lifestyle if I didn’t have tertiary qualifications.
As important to me as the economic benefit is the fact that my studies exposed me to different ways of thinking and seeing the world, which challenged me to think more deeply and helped me to shape my own opinions and beliefs.
Now as an employee of Curtin, I love working in an organisation which adds value to the community. Universities are a public good, providing education and research, and modelling an inclusive, open ethos which I am proud to support.