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Student Story - Transitioning from full-time work to full-time study

Written by Braden Littler, Bachelor of Business Student

While many students at university have come straight from high school, my experience was a little different transitioning to tertiary education.

In 2016 I graduated from High school and wanted to go straight into tertiary education, during high school I found my passion for I.T, so I applied for an advanced diploma in computer system technology at TAFE SA City Campus and got accepted.

During this time I was a full-time worker as well as full-time student. I was unsure what to prioritise at that time, so I thought I could take on both. After the first semester, I started getting overwhelmed with the workload and having to study around midnight. I had to choose between the two as my mental health couldn’t keep up with the demand for both worlds and made the decision to drop studying.

Fast forward to 2022, I was fortunate enough to have gained 4 years of experience working for Origin PC, Allied Gaming and Techfest Australia. Using that experience I wanted to learn how to create businesses and expand my learning vocabulary. I applied to Flinders University and was lucky enough to be accepted as my first preference for a Bachelor of Business.

Originally, I was nervous about starting University as I didn’t know anyone who was there and felt overwhelmed. For me, the biggest thing I found that helped me immensely in preparing to start my university journey was joining a club. I applied for the position of First Year Representative for Flinders Business Student Association, and by throwing myself headfirst into the university experience I have found a supportive social circle.

The most important thing in my opinion is wanting to be at university, I’ve heard stories about students who do everything online, try to spend as little time as possible on campus, and don’t get to fully enjoy the university experience as well as the camaraderie and support from the friends you make along the way. I would strongly recommend joining a club hands down.

The primary reason why I wanted to do a Bachelor of Business was so I would understand the fundamentals of running a business in all aspects. My end goal is to be able to run a non-for-profit for rural and disadvantaged communities to have access to quality education. My biggest suggestion is to find your passion, and if you aren’t sure what that is I would strongly recommend creating an Ikigai.

We all have our own story leading up to and during our tertiary studies, I found my way from full-time work to full-time study at Flinders and all I can say is I wish I did it sooner!

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