Looking for a career change? Here’s how online study can help

Online study gives you the flexibility to complete your studies around your current commitments. Learn how one of our online students, Glen Walker, took control of his career prospects.

Like many people who chose to study online at Deakin, Glen was looking for a career change.

Back in his late teens, he planned to study to become a PE teacher. But at a career forum, a sports therapist from a prominent rugby team gave him a bleak picture of his prospects and earning potential in the field of sports.

‘He said he was filling up water bottles for three years before he came anywhere near a full-time position. He told me he wasn’t getting paid,’ Glen explains.

Unsure of his next move, Glen instead fell into work as an accountant. ‘When you’re 19 you think if you work in business you’ll be a multi-billionaire.’

But years later and still working in accounting, Glen’s boss asked him to take an exam to become a chartered accountant. ‘I thought, there’s no way I can do this,’ Glen recalls. It was at this point, Glen finally decided to switch paths.

Taking charge of his career change

After Glen had made the decision to change careers, he was keen to hone his skills. He found a part-time job in sports, where his duties were basic – odd jobs and helping to run programs. Glen knew he had to do more to get ahead of the pack, and decided to go back to university.

After talking to friends and family about his plans to change careers, Glen’s boss told him about the Master of Business (Sport Management) course – offered online. The course was exactly what he was looking for, and studying online gave Glen the flexibility to complete his course around his current work commitments.

He was able to learn while earning money at his job, where his shared love of sport with his boss kept him motivated. ‘We have that passion for competitiveness, for doing well, for self improvement and for furthering yourself,’ he says.

What is sport management?

Sport management is the managing of sports organisations. You might work directly with athletes and coaches or in marketing or law. Whatever your role, sport management requires planning, budgeting, and leadership skills.

Studying a sport management course teaches you how to support marketable, profitable and competitive teams on and off the field. Choose to specialise in systems, marketing, finance, management and law, complemented by a second business major.

Deakin is a leader in sport related education ranking 6th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.^

Be confident. If you do the work and follow the process you’ll get through it and learn a heap.

Glen Walker

Online student

Flexible online study, real-world learning

Glen’s role soon became full time, but that didn’t mean he had to give up his degree. A major benefit of studying online is having the flexibility to study around work. Plus, Glen was able to take what he learnt through his seminars and lectures and immediately apply it to his everyday work.

Glen credits his online study with opening up a whole range opportunities for a future career in sport. 90% of Deakin graduates say study had a positive impact on their career.*

‘It was do or die going into this. But this format has helped to give me that backing to know what I’m talking about and to understand the broader areas sport branches out into.’

Why wait?

Glen’s advice for those considering study is not to be intimated. ‘Be confident. If you do the work and follow the process you’ll get through it and learn a heap. It’s nowhere near as hard as trying to be a chartered accountant when you don’t want to.’

Find out how online study can work for you


^2021 QS World University Rankings
*Deakin Graduate Insights Survey 2018 (Global Engagement)