AT 24 years of age, Warrnambool’s Johanna Glennen is proving you don’t have to go directly from school to university to succeed.
The mother of three runs a business, owns a shop, has nearly finished a university degree and has just won a major internship award announced at the Deakin University Faculty of Business and Law Meet the Professions evening in Warrnambool.
A final year Bachelor of Commerce student, majoring in accounting and financial planning, Ms Glennen will receive a $2000 internship award from Sinclair Wilson.
Ms Glennen said she initially started a nursing course after finishing high school, but realised six months later it did not suit her.
Ms Glennen enrolled at South West TAFE in a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and later a Diploma of Accounting, which opened up a pathway into the Deakin commerce course. “I was having my first son so decided it was a good time to get out of (nursing),” she said. “I’ve always liked accounting so I don’t know why I didn’t do it in the first place.”
Even though she had two more children, launched her business Jellybean Markets and opened a shop in Warrnambool’s Centre Point Arcade, Ms Glennen still managed to cope with the demands of the course.
She said the Sinclair Wilson internship had given her a boost and would help her to decide which field to pursue for her future career.
“Now it means I’ve got my foot in the door and I’ll have a bit of an idea of what I want to do when I finish studying, whether I prefer accounting or financial planning.”
Two $4000 Warrnambool Cheese and Butter internship awards were also awarded to Stephanie Mathew, who is nearing the end of her commerce degree and is majoring in accounting and management, and Stephanie Moloney who is majoring in human resource management, management and marketing.