Loretta Russell took a study break to focus on her family, returning after 10 years to take on the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping.
Loretta’s passion for learning took a backseat while she raised her son who has autism. Now he’s at school, Loretta has more time to devote to herself and returning to study was at the top of her must-do list.
She enrolled in the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping to complement her job at the Defence Department. Loretta has worked for the Federal Government for 17 years and during that time had completed some short courses but not undertaken any formal study.
She chose RMIT because of its healthy reputation in the business industry. She said the certificate also paved the way for her to take on the Diploma of Accounting in the future.
Loretta said flexibility was the key to her successful completion of the program. With classes offered in the evenings, she felt she had the support to take up the demands of studying while working and raising a family.
The Certificate IV in Bookkeeping prepares students for a career in accounting by helping them understand accounting systems and functions, financial reports, policy and procedures, payroll and Business Activity Statements (BAS).
Loretta said she enjoyed the many opportunities for hands-on practice, including experience with MYOB accounting software.
"As we learnt more, there was a clearer understanding of how a business works," she said.
Overall, she said the program offered a good blend of theory and practical learning with the flexibility of online options.
“My best piece of advice to other students is not to leave the online units to the last minute,” she said.
Story: Kate Jones