Jo Jennings

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Diploma of Psychology and Diploma of Organisational Psychology graduate, Joanne Jennings, joined the Student Advisory Group to provide feedback to the Open Polytechnic from the perspective of a student who is both working and has a potentially disabling health condition.

Diploma of Psychology and Diploma of Organisational Psychology graduate, Joanne Jennings, joined the Student Advisory Group to provide feedback to the Open Polytechnic from the perspective of a student who is both working and has a potentially disabling health condition.

Jo completed her Diploma in Psychology at the end of 2012 and has completed her second Diploma in Organisational Psychology in 2014 and is now working towards the Bachelor of Applied Science with a Psychology major.

She chose distance learning as it fitted in with her work, family life and her health condition, Multiple Sclerosis.

“Initially I tried distance learning in the late 90’s and it wasn’t for me (I failed the paper). Returning to distance learning in 2010, I was rather apprehensive, but I found it to be vastly different now with the use of e-mails, internet, online student forums etc, it’s really more like learning in a virtual classroom.”

“Not being tied down to having to go to lectures at a set time or place has also allowed me to fit my studies around various personal commitments.”

Jo is currently employed by SouthRoads (a company of the HW Richardson Group) as a part-time Project Manager .

When she is not busy working and studying Jo likes to spend time with her extended family and friends. She also enjoys reading a good book, going to the movies, going to the gym, walking and pottering in her garden.

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