Studying when you’ve got young kids is hard work. It’s also incredibly rewarding and can lead to a more fulfilling career. You might worry that you’ll struggle to manage it all but with the range of flexible study options at Charles Sturt University (CSU), you can study at your own pace from anywhere you can fire up a laptop.
We spoke to three mums who’ve managed to study while raising kids and they all said the same thing – while the juggle is real, they wouldn’t change a thing!
I completed a Master of Communication in 2016, when my sons were two and three. After school I studied musical theatre and pursued a stage career until my mid-20s. I had always loved writing so at 25 I decided to make a career change. I went back to uni to do a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing which led to a job working in corporate communications. I absolutely loved it and started to set my sights on a senior management position with a view to running my own consultancy.
I knew I needed further qualifications to achieve my career goals so I went back to uni to start my Masters. One year in, I had my first child and 18 months later, I had my second. With two kids under two, I quite enjoyed focussing on something outside of motherhood.
It wasn’t always easy but the best things in life never are. I remember trying to finish an assignment when my youngest crawled under the desk and unplugged the computer. With no extended family close by, my husband was an amazing support and doing online subjects meant I had the flexibility I needed.
Graduating with Distinction was one of the proudest moments of my life. Having a postgraduate degree has helped me achieve everything I set out to. I now work as a senior communications adviser while running my own communications business. I’m proud that I set my mind to something and achieved it. I think that’s a great lesson for my kids.