Diploma of Financial Planning graduate Sandy Holdaway, found some simple ways to navigate the challenges faced by mature age students.
Facing full-time study after 12 years of being a stay-at- home parent seemed like a tough task. But Sandy found strategies that made her time at RMIT easier than she could have imagined.
Here are her insights for mature age students.
I did a ‘preparation for study’ workshop before I began my classes and I highly recommend taking advantage of student support services like this. I wanted to do as much as possible to ensure I was successful. I also took a workshop given by library staff on using endnote referencing software, which continues to be very useful.
2. Housework can wait
As a mature age student returning to study I really needed to prioritise my time and this meant that household tasks had to take a backseat. Being a parent this time around, study was a different experience. I did most of my work during school hours and my kids picked up more responsibility when they got home to give me the time I needed to focus on my assessments.
3. Be involved
Get involved in some of the extracurricular activities on offer – there are so many to choose from! I joined the Student Staff Consultative Committee which allowed me to discuss program- related issues and be a voice for the student body.
4. Feel connected
Despite the fact that RMIT is a large university I didn’t feel like a little fish in a big pond. Instead I felt really connected and involved from day one. The small class sizes in the Diploma of Financial Planning meant there was a lot of opportunity to ask questions and interact with fellow students; it also meant that the lecturers got to know each of us individually.
5. You’re not alone
Despite some nerves in the beginning I didn’t feel out of place as a mature age student. There was a big age range in the class and everyone was really great to work with. Don’t hold off on starting that course, just do it!
Story: Kate Jones