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There are a number of aspects to consider when your are considering postgraduate studies.
Life becomes busier once you commence your studies, and even more so at exam time. A minimum of 10 hours every week per unit studied is recommended. A four unit study load means a 40 hour week - and usually more when assessments are due!
Time needs to be put aside for:
When calculating the costs of study, you should consider:
There may be a number of universities offering the qualification you'd like to study. Some things to consider when deciding where to study:
Your working relationship with your supervisor will vary depending on your course and type of study. Research based qualifications require a lot of contact with your supervisor so it is important to make sure you find a supervisor that meets your needs. You should consider the following:
Graduate Careers Australia has a useful guide to help you plan and prepare: ' '.
Going to Uni is the government website for higher education students in Australia. Find out about:
Deakin University Study Skills provides services and resources to help you get the most out of your studies.
There are different types of support available through the government, employers and scholarships. Research to find out what you are eligible for.
The Australian Tax Office 'Study essentials' section has information about claiming self education expenses.
If you are already employed, and your future study is beneficial to your employer, it is worthwhile finding out if your employer will provide any assistance. Some employers may help with study leave, others may assist with study costs. Check the conditions, as you may need to repay study costs if you leave that employer within a certain period.