Emily Steckelbruck - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Emily Steckelbruck

Degree: Bachelor of Social Work 

Target graduation date: End of 2024

My journey: As a school leaver I went straight into university in Brisbane to study a dual degree in Psychological Science and Business. In my second year of study, I was offered a dance contract overseas and made the choice to leave university and dance while I could. I had a wonderful 6-year career as a professional dancer working all over the world. When it was time for me to stop dancing, I wanted to put the skills I had learnt in the entertainment and event industry into practice and started working in marketing. While working full time, I signed up to study a dual degree in Business (Marketing Major) and Creative Writing online. Online study wasn’t for me, so I stopped after a year and continued to work in the field of marketing both as an employee and a successful freelancer.

Craving something more, I studied a diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation and graduated as a certified practitioner. Wanting to be able to delve deeper in the health / service industry I made the decision to go back to uni to study Social Work as a mature student at USC. While studying Social Work my career in Marketing took a giant leap forward in the tourism and hospitality industry and I made the decision to leave university and focus on my current career. Two years later I am now back to finish my Social Work degree, making the choice to study full time this time around and complete my degree in a field I cannot wait to work in!

Career aspirations: WORK: I have always wanted to do work with meaning. My desire is to work within an organisation that gives me the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting relationships with those we work with, empowering individuals and communities with choice and opportunity.

STUDY: I’m incredibly interested in cyber security and the wellbeing of young children and teens online. With the changes I’ve witnessed in technology over my lifetime; cybercrime and digital forensics is a field I would like to do further study in after my Social Work degree.

Why did you become an Ambassador? I joined the ambassador team to be a person people could turn to for information and support.

What do you like about USC? I was originally quite nervous about the idea of coming to uni as a mature aged student. I came onto campus and spoke with my potential course coordinator at the time (Phil Crane) and knew this was a place of learning where I would be supported. Since commencing my studies, I have noticed how personable and accessible the lecturers and tutors are at USC, you aren’t just a number and I love that! I’ve also found that my need to stop study to focus on work, as well as my decision to come back two years later has been supported and understood. There is a very “human” element in both the teachings and the support at USC and I feel that is vital for success… Life isn’t linear and that is understood here.