Why it’s time to invest in postgraduate study

| 18 Aug 2021

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The world can be unpredictable, and it’s understandable that many of us are wondering what lies ahead for our careers.  As industries evolve, postgraduate study is a great way to expand your options– think of it as an investment in your future. Here’s why now is the perfect time to take the next step with further study. 

Your dream job won’t wait 

The turbulence of the pandemic has left us reassessing our goals, so it’s a good time to ask yourself what you want to achieve in your career. Are you looking to upskill or move industry? Do you want to focus on an area you really care about? Or are you looking to stand out in your field with expertise that set you apart from your peers? There are so many ways to enhance your skills and knowledge. 

It’s important to understand what your goals are before you pick the degree that’s right for you. In an ever-changing world, standing still means you may be falling behind. Jobs will shapeshift as industries evolve, and postgraduate study will equip you with skills and expertise to adapt to these changes. Your dream job won’t always wait for you, so move forward as the world does to ensure you’re ready when opportunity comes knocking.  

Change is the only certainty

Postgraduate study is also about expanding your thinking, opening yourself up to diverse perspectives and uncovering new passions – which are all great ways to prepare yourself to adapt to change. You could say postgraduate study has always been set-up for a changing world, as every student is looking to change the course of their future.  

We’re here to empower you with knowledge and expertise to thrive and grow, no matter the challenges you face. Our researchers set the agenda on the future of work, ensuring our degrees have versatile specialisations built into the course structure. This allows you to explore your options by providing the know-how to change career, change industry and change path in an ever-changing world.  

You’ll gain the hands-on experience you need to build a career through UNSW’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and Student Academic and Career Success services. 

On top of this, you’ll be given access to career coach with an industry network and real-world experience to guide you to help your transition from uni into your first post-study job. Find our more about our Student Academic and Career services.  

Why UNSW?  

UNSW allows you to build a schedule that fits your life with the support of academics, your student circle and the wider UNSW community. We’re here to guide you through this changing world by offering a flexible environment and all the support services you may need. 

Many of UNSW’s postgraduate programs are delivered online, while others balance concentrated or evening classes with online delivery. It also pays to talk to your employer about work arrangements, as most companies are happy to arrange flexible hours to incorporate further study.  

As a postgraduate student, you can choose to study part-time and have the option of deferring programs for up to two years. Our tri semester model breaks the mould of traditional uni calendars, allowing you to complete more courses in the same timeframe.  

And the costs? We’re here to help 

UNSW ranked 3rd in Australia for Graduate Employability* and in 2020, our postgraduate alumni earned the highest median salaries in Australia three years after graduating. While postgraduate study is an investment, it’s important to be financially prepared in the short term. We may not be able to provide you with personalised financial advice, but we can point you in the right direction to several services that may be able to help. Here are a few options:  

  • Government support - Domestic postgraduate students may be eligible for support through HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loans, or Centrelink . Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) could also be a good option for you, offering subsidised placements through this government programs. You can learn more about  CSPs here.  

  • Employer support - Ask your workplace about whether they offer sponsorship, study leave, or flexible working arrangements.  

  • Claim on your tax return - If you’re undertaking study for professional development, you may be able to claim some expenses in your tax return. Find out more through the Australian Taxation Office

  • Scholarships - UNSW offers several scholarships and awards to postgraduate students. 

* 2020 QS Rankings 

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