LAW COURSE: Robert Kerr recently completed the STEPS program at CQUniversity.
LAW COURSE: Robert Kerr recently completed the STEPS program at CQUniversity.

Taking steps to tertiary study

FORMER beef producer Robert Kerr doesn't fit the image of a typical university student.

For starters he's 57.

After leaving school in Year 11, Mr Kerr spent most of his working life as a grazier but, after a series of injuries, he was no longer able to do the physical labour.

"When I could no longer do the physical work that I enjoyed doing, I was looking for something else," he said.

"I made the decision to inquire about STEPS program as I'd known about it for some time."

Mr Kerr said he had always felt capable of going to uni.

"I was always interested in studying business, but now I've decided to head towards law," he said.

"The four courses I decided to take were essay writing, fundamental maths, preparation for uni skills and computing skills."

Mr Kerr said the skills he'd acquired, particularly when it came to computers, were invaluable.

"The preparation skills, it gives you a really good grounding in the skills you need to prepare for a university degree.

"I've considered myself a bush lawyer for a fair while and the more I thought about it, the more I knew it's what I should do."

Mr Kerr will start a law degree by correspondence next term.

Pauline Toon is a busy wife, mother and a recent STEPS graduate.

Ms Toon was born in Korea and said it had been more than 20 years since she was at school.

"I hadn't studied for a long time," she said.

Ms Toon said her goal for some time was to be a teacher.

Ms Toon completed four courses with the STEPS program last term and now feels prepared to begin tertiary studies.

"I've been awarded a scholarship from Rio Tinto to attend university," she said.

"I'll be starting a Bachelor of Learning Management next term."

Ms Toon said STEPS taught her how to study and balance the work load with being a mum and a wife.

"I now feel I have the confidence to go on," she said.

"Without the STEPS program I couldn't have done it."

STEPS

  • Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies.
  • 13-week courses to prepare for tertiary study.
  • For more information go to cqu.edu.au/steps.


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