career development

Learning is an experiential journey, not just a destination

Learning is an experiential journey, not just a destination

Maria Zambrano
Maria ZambranoNov 2, 2018

Today I celebrated being a #deakingrad, receiving my law degree at Deakin University's Waterfront campus; almost 10 years since I started this learning journey.

'Wow, it took you 10 years to finish a law degree?!?' I hear you say? Indeed, it took me 10 years to study law.

And in that time, life (in all its volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) happened - I uprooted home and moved interstate; I got married, had three kids and one angel baby; I side-shifted my career from a legal path and into the learning and development industry.

So whilst my polished graduation picture looks like this:


What my graduation 'behind-the-scenes' really looked like was this:


Messy? Yes. Complicated? Definitely. Uncertain? I can never predict what my three young kids will throw at me next (figuratively and literally!).

But I wouldn't have my V.U.C.A life any other way.

I've learnt more than I anticipated along the journey and beyond the intended outcome of attaining my Bachelor of Law:

  • I've learnt that my body is capable of amazing things when pushed out of my comfort zone - I've sat through and passed 3 hour exams whilst 9 months pregnant (more than once!);

  • I've learnt the importance of effective time management, especially when juggling work deadlines with assignment due dates and family commitments;

  • And while I've learnt the importance of effective time management, it doesn't mean that I've perfected the art of it - so when I've failed dismally at trying to juggle everything at once and ended up a crying mess on the floor, I've learnt to appreciate the awesome support I have in my family (special kudos to my husband, who pushed me when many a time I was on the verge of quitting);

  • I've discovered that there are employers and educational institutions out there who have embraced flexible working and learning. For me, this has been an extra layer of support, being able to study and work flexibly.

So today marks a significant outcome for me; one that I've been working towards for a decade. And I know it's not the end; it's another step in a new direction in my learning journey.

I look forward to the next step I take towards my next destination.

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Maria Zambrano

Maria Zambrano

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