From minimum wage to psychologist: Meet single mum Courtney

Courtney is a single mum living in Tasmania. She was earning minimum wage, didn’t finish Year 12, and didn't think she would ever go back to study again–until she spoke to a student advisor at Open Universities Australia.  

 

Courtney’s financial struggles encouraged her to want a career change. “You can't afford to live on it [minimum wage], particularly with two kids. I wanted a clear career path and I sort of knew I wanted to get into psychology.”  

Realising a career change was possible  

Despite knowing her end goal, like most students, Courtney had concerns. Would she be able to fit studying into her schedule? Would she be able to write essays and do exams? Could she study psychology without an ATAR? After enrolling in her Bachelor of Psychological Science with La Trobe University through us, she discovered the answer was yes. “You don’t have to figure it out yourself, you’ve got student advisors you can talk to.”  

As for the moment Courtney got back her grades and realised she can do it, she says, “damn did that feel good! That felt amazing”. 

A study pathway for everyone  

Courtney believes, “Whatever your circumstances, you deserve the same opportunities as other people.” And so do we. At Open Universities Australia, we find a study pathway for everyone, no matter what your availability is, or your study and work experience (even if that’s none).  

Have you been thinking about a career change? Are you a parent looking for a way to make study fit into your busy schedule? Or do you want a higher education but didn’t complete Year 12? Book a call with one of our local student advisors and we’ll find a study pathway for you.  

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