From the 'rat race' to the uni library

A university degree is one of the most common pathways into a rewarding career –  just ask Mark Tilders.

Use the links below to view or listen to Mark’s story about his experience as a Mature-Age student at La Trobe or read on to find out more...

Your   current version is out of date. Please upgrade your Flash player it only takes a   minute.

Mark Tilders There’s an old saying: ‘Do a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’

La Trobe University student Mark Tilders now lives by that motto.

At 35, Mark decided it was time for a career change, but he knew he’d need new qualifications.

With advice from La Trobe, he made the most of his passion for helping people by enrolling in the Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work at La Trobe’s Albury-Wodonga campus.

Half way through his degree, Mark says he’s blown away by the opportunities that have come his way.

He already works at a homeless youth refuge, and recently received a scholarship to study at Sweden’s Malmo University for six months.

Not bad going for someone who describes himself as a fairly typical Aussie bloke.

There are many success stories like Mark’s. They show that anyone can take charge of their professional destiny. 

There’s never been a better time to find out more about Mature-Age study, and to take advantage of the programs available to help you with the transition from work to university.

Whether or not you finished Year 12, you can still apply to La Trobe. And in just three to five years you could have the degree – and the job – you’ve always wanted.

Read more about Mature-Age Entry to La Trobe. and

Media queries:
Mikhaela Delahunty

Media and Communications Officer

03 9479 5353
0411 268 946