Clare Randall

Meet ACAP Graduate Clare Randall

Clare graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)* in 2012 in a combination of online study and on-campus study in Melbourne. She is currently in private practice, running her business Oak Tree Counselling.

Why did you choose ACAP?

I wanted to study amongst a more mature peer group; I also wanted smaller class sizes and a hands-on experiential course. I got all three.

I also wanted flexibility in what I studied and how much I took on. ACAP was ideal for that.  It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made.   

Describe your ACAP experience.

I generally found teachers happy to help, expectations explained clearly, and backup materials that more than adequately supported the units studied. I got to experience many different teaching styles, with teachers from different backgrounds, which broadened my experience. Some preferred a lecture style; most were very hands-on and experiential. I enjoyed the small classes and the debating.

I completed my degree through a mix of on-campus and online modules.  It gave me good experience of other points of view, and good interaction with students from different cultural backgrounds. What I liked most about the variety of delivery modes was that I could mix and match how I studied. This flexibility was invaluable, as I had our daughter in my final year.

What are your future plans?

To build my clientele and hopefully eventually expand the business.

How has studying with ACAP benefited you?

Where to start?! I am not the same person as I was when I started. I have grown both personally and professionally. I have learnt more than I would have imagined and have been challenged emotionally and intellectually. Not all of it has been comfortable, but all of it has been worthwhile, and I have made a wonderful circle of close friends along the way, meeting a lot of interesting people from a diverse range of cultures. 

* ACAP now offers both a Bachelor of Applied Social Science and a Bachelor of Counselling in the place of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling).