LIFE GOAL: Kaihla Dennis is determined to become an accountant after leaving school early.
LIFE GOAL: Kaihla Dennis is determined to become an accountant after leaving school early. Paul Braven

Inspirational young mum working hard on five-year plan

KAIHLA Dennis left home when she was 16, dropped out of school at the end of Year 11 and had her first child at 19.

But the 25-year-old mum of two managed to turn her life around and is now working towards getting a diploma in accounting.

"I found it extremely difficult to get a job. I applied for 90 jobs in one month," she said.

"I decided to do a Diploma of Business and I finished that study."

Mrs Dennis had her second daughter and then got a job as a part-time book keeper at GAPDL.

She completed her Certificate 4 in book keeping and now, the sky's the limit.

"Last week I woke up and said, why not do more?" she said. "I am enrolled to do a Certificate 4 in accounting and then I will do my diploma of accounting."

She's got a strong ambition to become an accountant and run her own business.

"I've got a five-year plan. I am 25 now and I want to be an accountant by the time I am 30," she said.

Mrs Dennis even wants to become a mentor for young mums looking to get out of their shells as stay-at-home-mums.

"It's hard having one-on-one time with kids, being a wife, studying and working," Mrs Dennis said.

"There's been times when it's got on top of me.

"A few months ago I wanted to stop and be a stay-at-home mum. We seriously considered it.

"But you just have to look at the end goal."

To add to her list, Mrs Dennis and her husband are renovating their first home.

It's all in Mrs Dennis' vision to set a good example to her family.

"I hope my girls have the same work ethic as me and I want to pass that on to them," she said.

"I got mine from my parents and they are so proud of me."

Check out your options at career expos

CQUniversity will hold TAFE career expos at three campuses on Tuesday, January 20 - at Gladstone City, Rockhampton City, and Mackay City (formerly CQ TAFE campuses).

The events will showcase the university's wide range of vocational education and training opportunities.

Aspiring students can find information about courses in business, education, health and safety, and much more, with applications open now for term one.

Student advisors can also explain how study pathways, such as the popular STEPS program, can help locals transition to a degree or other further education. 

Information about short courses, from health and beauty therapies to barista skills, is also available.

The expos are from 2pm until 6pm at all three campuses. More information at www.cqu.edu.au/study.



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