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Judith and Brian agree that life-long learning is the key

Wednesday, 09 September 2009

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Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) mid-year graduations are an exciting time for all graduating students but South Australian couple Judith and Brian Leeson have double the reason to celebrate.

On Sunday, 6 September Judith and Brian, who are both in their seventies, were each awarded the Graduate Certificate of Career Development after completing the four-unit course part-time as external students.

Judith and Brian have been involved in career development since 1991 when they started their own career advice consultancy together.

They encouraged their friend and ECU Course Coordinator Judy Denham to set up the career development course at ECU in 2004 and after recommending the course to so many of their peers, Judy and Brian decided that they should also do the course.

Judith says that she and Brian are both passionate about career development and encourage the ‘life-long’ approach to learning.

“Brian and I have both really enjoyed our studies as it’s given us a refresher in all aspects of career development,” she said.

“We’re both proof that you’re never too old and we haven’t ruled out further studies at ECU.”

Judith and Brian say they work remarkably well together, though they never previously thought this would be the case with Brian’s background in explorative geology and Judith’s initial training in teaching.

“We decided to create the business when we were both looking for a ‘second career’ at around the same time,” says Judith.

The Graduate Certificate of Career Development offered as an external course by ECU’s Faculty of Business and Law.

The course positions graduates to take professional practitioner and leadership roles, in workplace contexts.

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