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Emma Armstrong
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 2004 and
Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) 2003

Graduate Emma Armstrong believes the key to her success is her ability to interact with students,, knowing she is helping them to gain important life skills.

"The thing that I love about my employment in the TAFE sector is the interaction with my students and knowing that I am helping them gain important life and work skills," she said.

Emma graduated from Deakin's Melbourne Campus at Burwood in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) with Honours. Her passions for the literary world have led to work in the publishing industry, academia and she has pursued her ultimate goal, publishing her first novel.

"My career highlights have definitely been when I have seen my writing pieces published in a magazine, or online. Also being invited to speak on writing workshop panels and participate at writing festivals has also been a great personal triumph."

"Although I haven't become a famous author yet my degree has assisted me in every career choice I have made."

Emma explained that her course helped draw out her passion for writing.

"The lecturers at Deakin were an invaluable source of wisdom during my course. They helped me confirm and put into perspective that writing was my passion. The course also enabled me to draw on my strengths and pursue my dreams."

"Deakin has a great student life and I have made life long friends that I will always treasure".

Emma has mapped out a busy schedule over the next few years to further develop her career.

"For the immediate future, I plan to continue working in jobs that bring in a steady income, but enable me to chip away at my novel, write and perform at writing festivals as frequently as possible," she said.

Emma currently works as a sessional teacher in the Victorian TAFE sector, lecturing in information technology.

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26th November 2009