Johanna Kennerley, Master of Laws
‘I really appreciated the flexibility in the coursework program. I was able to complete subjects that interested me, but also undertake research projects on particular issues that were of interest in my work.’
Everyone has their own reasons for undertaking study and their own circumstances. Our postgraduate career counsellors recommend you take these into account when choosing a course.
Postgraduate study can be a big commitment. Make sure you choose a course that is right for you.
Determine your interest areas
Choose a course that:
- interests you
- leads to a career that matches your values
- you would enjoy working in.
This will help you stay motivated to study and achieve good results.
Identify the gaps
Examine your current qualifications and knowledge base in relation to the career you’re interested in. Talk to industry professionals or check job descriptions to help you to identify where you might need to upgrade your qualifications or skills. Determine how much and what type of study is required to fill the gap.
Find the time
Consider what family, work, social or community commitments you already have and how you’ll fit study into your life. For a coursework program, you’ll need to allow around 10 hours of study per unit per week. We offer many courses in full time, part time and external modes to help you balance your time.
Check your finances
There’s no doubt that postgraduate study is a sound investment as your skills and study can lead you to higher paid careers. While you consider the cost of fees and materials, also think about whether you can access financial support to help you pay your way, including:
- government study loans or income support
- tax benefits
- employer support.
Understanding the industry or profession
Once you know what you want to get out of study, you should also consider what is happening within the relevant industry or profession.
Do some research into the industry to identify trends like growth areas for employment, skill shortages and new technologies and opportunities. Check whether your study will equip you for the changes in your chosen industry by looking at:
- the individual units in your course
- whether staff have current industry experience
- the technology and facilities available.
If you are considering a career change, it’s a good idea to check that your perception of a career or industry is realistic. Talk to people in the industry to find out what it’s really like to work in a particular role before you make your decision.
Helping you make your decision
There are a number of resources available to help you research your study options and make your decision.
Talk to your employer about:
- your role in the organisation
- opportunities for development
- the future direction of the company
- study assistance programs.
Also speak with colleagues who may be working in a role you are interested in about what they do on a day-to-day basis and what skills you would need to have for a similar role.
Seek out experts like employment consultants or industry associations to identify areas of growth across the industry and what skills are likely to be in demand.
Our staff, academics and events
Visit our Open Day to talk with academics, faculty staff, career counsellors and support staff.
You can also call or email staff in your faculty of interest to find out more about your course options.
Our postgraduate career counsellors are available for phone consultations to help you with career planning and study decisions.
HiQ is your place to go for student services, support and general enquiries.
- Phone: 3138 2000
- Int. phone: +61 7 3138 2000
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