STUDY GROUP: Sharron DeCourcy with her family after graduating from USQ. From left, Daniel, mum Paula Barnett, Joy, Sharron, Faith, Grace, Nathan and Samuel DeCourcy.
STUDY GROUP: Sharron DeCourcy with her family after graduating from USQ. From left, Daniel, mum Paula Barnett, Joy, Sharron, Faith, Grace, Nathan and Samuel DeCourcy. USQ Photography,Katie Finn

Warwick mum of seven takes the plunge

JUGGLING seven kids, a new life in a new part of the state and the ongoing struggle with finding meaningful work, Sharron DeCourcy made the decision to head back to university.

More than seven years later, countless hours of study and assignment writing later, Mrs DeCourcy last week graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce.

"Sometimes it was really tough and there were other times when I thought the whole thing was just taking forever,” she said.

"But I persevered and with the support of my husband and family, I got there.”

Having left school at 16, Mrs DeCourcy had numerous jobs between raising her large family, including administration roles and positions in banking and finance.

"We moved to Warwick from Brisbane around 10 years ago and I found it quite difficult to find work,” she said.

"My children were getting older and I started thinking about what I should do for the rest of my life,” she said.

"And part of that plan I put together was making sure I was employable.

Mrs DeCourcy said she loved numbers and the law so decided to enrol in the USQ Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Accounting and Business Law.

"Life at home was great really, my husband has been fantastic the whole time, so supportive and helpful,” she said.

"He'd keep the kids busy if I had an important assignment to get done, they'd be off fishing or playing sport. It's always been a great team effort, you can't have that many people and not work as a team.

"Even the kids, they'd take turns in cooking and cleaning and my youngest would make sure my tea cup was always topped up so I could stay in the office and concentrate.”

Mrs DeCourcy is currently employed as a trainee accountant at Globe Accounting, and is preparing to begin study to become a certified practising accountant.



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