The Human Element – An academic journey

This is the first posting to a new discussion board that I have started at Curtin University:

Welcome to the ‘Human Element’ A new discussion board at Curtin University

Posted by  Adrian McGlinchey  at Sunday, March 2, 2014 1:37:22 AM WST

Hi everyone,

I’m your host, Adrian McGlinchey.  I’ve had a varied background in work and study, having been a computer mainframe operator, and an administrative officer, a sales order clerk, and also a picker and packer in a leather factory when other types of work was scarce.  A self-taught enthusiast of many subjects, I have maintained a lifetime’s (to present) interest in the areas of:
Art & Craft; Writing & Publishing; Classic Literature; History; and Philosophy;
Cooking & Fine Cuisine (probably why I can’t win the Battle of the Bulge, to lose
the “middle-age spread”)

Despite having all these different passions in life, I never managed to make a professional pathway out of any of these interests, and I was always caught between what I had to do for a livelihood and what I really felt driven to do in life.  This is why I have taken up university studies with Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, in the endeavor to find my true vocation, even though my greatest ambitions will most likely eventuate late in life in my case.

My medium term plan is to study for a Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications), and to establish a private consultancy in internet website design and management.  I have already had some experience in designing my own web pages, but I think they look quite amateurish and I need to refine my web design skills so I can develop websites at a more professional level.  At least in this area, I will be starting with something I have already had an introduction to, so I can build on my existing skills rather than commit to a field of study I know nothing about.

While part of what I am learning is computer related I am also studying the humanities, as two aspects of a multi-disciplined course.  To those of you who are not computer-minded, please feel welcome to still contribute to our discussions on the humanities, which is as valuable to me as my computer studies.  In web design we need to master, not only the ‘computerese’, but also need to have an appreciation of culture and communications and how best to present the human aspect in a good light over the internet.  What I am saying here is, don’t be a stranger, whether your interests are primarily in the humanities or in internet web development.

I think most of us here may be just starting out on a new direction in our lives and so I wish everyone here success with their endeavors and hopefully we can form some lasting friendships and professional associations during our time together, even though we are mostly communicating by internet at this stage.  Please feel free to participate in this discussion board so we can all share our personal experiences of our academic journey.  Watch this discussion board for more to come.

~ Adrian McGlinchey