Graduate: Tina van Eyk

Tina van Eyk at her graduation
Tina van Eyk at her graduation

I was one of the students from the 'class of 94' and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (HRM) degree. I recall at the time should I choose the new SCU logo or keep with the University of New England logo? I decided to go with the future. Twenty years later I am working at the SCU Lismore campus after moving back to the region. Over the last few years I have been employed on a number of contracts for the Teaching and Learning team mostly working on online educational related projects.

Thinking back to 92, I did not want to continue with my Bachelor studies in the fields of accounting, law, finance or computing (computing was my favourite subject). I honestly thought about giving up studies after the first semester as the Bachelor of Business course wasn't for me. After discussions with my parents and their support (I was one of the first in my immediate and larger family to obtain a tertiary degree), and after becoming aware of the newly created HRM major I choose to continue. During my course I loved the majority of my subjects particularly training and development, and the organisational communication and behavioural subjects. HRM was where I wanted to contribute to the working world.

In 95 I moved to Brisbane and started work in HR administration for the Criminal Justice Commission. I started at QUT in the late 90s and experienced a variety of HR roles from administration (recruitment, training and development) to project roles based in the HR organisational development team which was where I moved sideways into eLearning. I was passionate about combining learning, HR organisational development and technology and wanted to learn more about how technology could assist adults to continue to learn and work flexibly. Over the years my working journey has given me the opportunity to continue working in the online education, eLearning, learning design and teaching and learning fields for a variety of industries including adult education (tertiary and vocational), photographic, banking and superannuation, workers' compensation, and the agricultural and veterinary industries. In 2009 I graduated as a Master of Online Education with USQ. My work experience and studies have enabled me to contribute to a book and write a chapter in 2009 titled "Finding the Right Online Learning Connections: Comparing Models in Practice".

That decision very early in my tertiary studies, back in 92 to continue with my Bachelor studies has led me to where I am today. I am very happy that I chose to continue as it gave me the foundation (although I didn't know it back then) to move throughout my working career from general HR administration and recruitment, to specialise in training and development and HR organisational development, and to specialise even further into online education and learning design.

Tina van Eyk