Janette’s lifetime of learning
Learning is not something that finishes at a certain age, or even while we are qualified to work in our chosen profession. Learning should be a lifelong project that enriches every stage of our lives.
At 80 years old, Janette is a QUT Online student who really embodies the spirit of lifelong learning. Though she is retired, her curiosity and desire to build upon her knowledge has never left her. Janette is studying a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology with QUT Online.
‘While my mind is active, I intend to utilise what ideas it gives and creates … I intend to complete my studies where they lead.’
Janette’s passion for learning has already led her down some very interesting paths. She spent many years working as a teacher, while also taking the time to research building design, mathematics, ceramic patterning, the traditional Chinese calendar and flower breeding. Her work on the bearded iris won her an award in Victoria.
‘Looking back over the years since late 1950s, I have realised purpose and pattern during my life, and it is still ongoing.’
Though health concerns have occasionally slowed Janette’s progress during her course, she is determined to keep at her studies. She says the teaching staff at QUT Online are ‘fantastic’, and she is eagerly awaiting her the results from her most recent unit, Systems Analysis and Design.
Adult learning has many benefits, and can not only enhance a student’s career, but also their wellbeing, interpersonal connection and understanding of the world.
If, like Janette, you would like to continue your lifelong learning journey with QUT Online, get in touch with our Course Consultants or apply online today.