Project Management diploma student Mary Bolling is a finalist in the Queensland Training Awards.
Project Management diploma student Mary Bolling is a finalist in the Queensland Training Awards. Laura McKee

Student of the year finalist changed her career path

MARY Bolling found going back to study a challenge but she's glad she did it.

The Communications and Government Relations Advisor at CQUniversity is also a finalist for the Vocational Student of the Year.

She is one of seven Gladstone finalists from the 23 in central Queensland chosen.

Here's what she had to say about her nomination.

How do you feel about the awards?
I was really excited and surprised. I'm not the typical vocational student but I suppose what is the typical vocational student?

What is vocational study?
It's job focused. It's about getting somewhere quick and learning fast. It's non-degree study and very interesting.

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What did you study?
A 12 month Diploma in Project Management online. A lot of the CQU staff did it.
I've already done a Bachelor of Journalism. Everything you do in journalism is short term but this was way longer.
If you want to change the direction of your career it's worth doing formal study.
It was a real challenge going back to study but I am really glad I finished it. Being made a finalist was the icing on the cake.

What are you hoping to do with your diploma?
I would like to start working in non-for profit organisations.
At the moment I am a volunteer on the Mission to Seafarers board and I also help to run Roller Derby.