Future Students

Employer assistance

You know how competitive it is out there. Undertaking a postgraduate degree while you work will make you stand out from the rest and demonstrate your initiative and drive.

Deakin University course structures delve into current and emerging trends - by building strong and successful partnerships with industry and government agencies, giving you the edge to build on your existing career in a meaningful way.

Below are some tips you may find helpful when approaching your employer for assistance with your postgraduate studies.

Will my employer assist with paying my postgraduate fees?

Many employers know that education is the key to on-the-job success.

If your field of study relates to a current or future position in your organisation, your employer may very well assist paying your tertiary fees.

Why would my employer consider offering assistance?

There are many advantages to your employer in offering further assistance with study, including:

  • The opportunity for staff to work with many of Australia's top academics to gain relevant and up-to-date skills
  • The organisation remains up-to-date with best practice and industry standards
  • Increases job satisfaction, motivations and morale among employees
  • Increases efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain
  • Increases capacity to adopt new technologies and methods
  • Enhances company image, shows commitment to employee development and staying competitive
  • Develops relationships with key industry contacts.

For these reasons, many forward-thinking employers have developed formal Employee Education Assistance Policies (EEAPs). Check to see if your employer has one.

Tips for approaching my employer

When approaching your employer it pays to be prepared. Before you ask for assistance, be equipped to respond to any concerns your employer may have about supporting your postgraduate studies.

Provide a clearly documented written submission outlining the following items in your proposal:

1. The area of study that you are considering.
2. Coursework qualifications that are available to undertake.
3. Specific courses that maybe of interest to you.

It is vital to match your chosen course to your professional aspirations. Think about which course will best build on your existing expertise to propel you up the career ladder.

Outline the following:

4. The short and long term benefits of undertaking further study to yourself and the organisation.
5. Direct and indirect costs that may be incurred.
6. Time required off work including, if applicable, time for classes, study and exams.

Many of the above items apply predominantly to part-time study. If you are interested in undertaking full-time study, you may also like to consider applying for a Deakin Scholarship or undertaking a research qualification.

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28th February 2011