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To get ahead in competitive organisations, industries and the global marketplace, individuals may need to consider undertaking further study in their area of specialisation or consider new qualifications to broaden their scope of practice. Postgraduate studies can open doors to new and exciting career opportunities but there are some important issues to consider before committing to further study.
Postgraduate study is a big commitment and should not be entered into without a clear understanding of the personal, economic and career benefits. Make sure that you set clear goals, research suitable courses and seek professional advice (e.g. course advisors, career counsellors, industry experts) to ensure that your goals are realistic and achievable.
Return on investment
Don’t assume that postgraduate study will automatically lead to a more senior role or a pay increase. You must be able to communicate the value of a postgraduate degree to your employer. Consider what new skills, abilities, networks and knowledge you will acquire through further study and how they will transfer into the workplace?
Postgraduate study can put strain on individuals and families financially and the time demands are significant. Studying and working full-time requires great time management and strong personal commitment – qualities admired by employers! With the support of family and your employer, a healthy work/study/life balance is possible. Consider options such as applying for studying leave, reducing working hours and seeking additional support from family, friends and colleagues.
University support services
You’re not alone! All universities provide support services for students. Familiarise yourself with what help is available and utilise the resources when needed. Visit Division of Student Life to learn more about the range of support services Deakin offers.