What I Offer
Therese Eddy (Founder of Open to Success)
Wellness, Study and Career Coach
Students often struggle to identify who they are, where they are going, and what sort of profession they would like to enter. That’s why, in 2018, I established Open to Success. I had seen first hand the struggles students experienced, making well considered decisions for their career and study futures. I now provide wellness, study and career coaching, supporting secondary students (Years 10-12), as they transition to the next stage of their lives.
The Open to Success strategy enables students to construct an action plan aligning with their skills, interests and aspirations. The focus is on providing a clear foundation for success, from as early as Year 10, to UAC selections in Year 12, using the Take Heart coaching methodology, which stems from solution-based, neuro cognitive behavioral theories and techniques. This assistance is delivered in one-to-one coaching sessions or group presentations within a school setting. Once at University, students can reach out to Open to Success for support to navigate the sometimes brutal reality of University life.
I consider myself a country girl and maintain an affinity with a rural setting and communities. I was born in Dalby, Queensland and then moved to Goondiwindi when I was 14 with my family after my father purchased a sheep property. I attended boarding school in Toowoomba for four years before completing my schooling at Goondiwindi High School.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (English, History, and Drama) and Diploma of Education (Secondary) from The University of New England, Armidale, I returned to Goondiwindi for my first year teaching. What a challenge that was! Limited prac experience meant we were all thrown in the deep end. However, new friends were made, old friendships reestablished and cemented so that to this day Goondiwindi is a special place to visit. I spent the next six years teaching English, History and Drama in Queensland, New South Wales and in 1986 I took the obligatory back packing trip to the UK and Europe.
On my return to Australia, after a short time teaching, I was invited to study Japanese through the Queensland Education Department and upon completion of the course, went straight into the classroom. However, not happy with the standard of my spoken fluency, I funded my own way to Tokyo, where I studied Japanese, taught English in Yokohama and lived in Kawasaki with my sister’s host family.
After returning to Australia again, I gained valuable business, marketing and immigration experience within the Hospitality sector working at the Park Hyatt. However, I soon realised that teaching was my first vocation and city life was not for me. I took up a position at The Armidale School in Armidale, where I met my husband Greg Eddy, at that time Deputy Head of St Albert’s College. This began almost thirty continuous years of residence in University Residential Colleges on three different campuses – The University of New England, Macquarie University and The University of Queensland. Armidale is also where we had our three sons, James, Nic and Luke.
In 2005, we moved from Dunmore Lang College at Macquarie University in Sydney, so that Greg could take up the position of Master and CEO of King’s College within the University of Queensland, while I taught Japanese at Marist College Ashgrove. We have lived on campus at UQ for 16 years.
In 2011, I was appointed Deputy Head of The Women’s College within The University of Queensland, after having moved from Marist to work at King’s College, as the Foundation’s Marketing and Events’ Manager.
In 2015, I graduated with a Master of Education (Leadership and Management) from Queensland University of Technology where I was recognised by QUT as an outstanding student and a member of the Golden Key Society.
In 2016, I took up the position of Head of Duchesne College, a women’s College on campus at The University of Queensland, a position I held for two years, before resigning when it was apparent that King’s College was going to transition to co-residential accommodation.
In 2018, I established Open to Success, to provide one on one coaching, career and study support for all students – rural and metropolitan, drawing on my extensive experience and qualifications in wellness and executive coaching.
- Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
- Executive Coaching Certificate (Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology)
- Wellness Coach (Level 2 AusRep)
- Bachelor of Arts (English, History, Drama)
- Diploma of Education (Secondary)
- Associate Diploma of Modern Languages (Japanese)
- Master of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)
- Triple P Parenting Certificate
- Personal Trainer