With so many courses to choose from at Swinburne Online, it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. We put together a list of questions to ask yourself and resources to check out before embarking on the exciting challenge of online study.
At Swinburne Online, you can choose to study from a number of disciplines across undergraduate, postgraduate and VET levels, including Business, Design, Education, Media and Communication, Psychology and Social Science. There are many majors and electives to choose from that will help you achieve your goals when you graduate.
What do I want to achieve by studying? Perhaps you’re looking to make a career change, upskilling to take the next step in your current career or returning to study after taking a break. Identifying what you want to get out of the course will help you determine which direction to take in regards to choice of discipline and major.
How much time will I need to set aside to study? Before you begin a course, you’ll need to consider the amount of time necessary to complete the coursework and assignments among your existing commitments. It can be difficult to balance study with family and friends, work, commuting and your hobbies. Utilising tools such as our study planner will give you an idea of how many hours per week you have to dedicate to study.
You’ll also need to consider what level of study will help you achieve your goals. Undergraduate degrees create a good foundation if you’re new to a field of study; postgraduate degrees build on your existing knowledge and experiences, while diplomas are perfect for upskilling. There’s a level of study and discipline for everyone.
What do I bring to study? When making a decision about what course to pursue, consider the qualifications you may already have, as there’s the potential for unit exemptions or credits to be applied based on qualifications earned within the last 10 years. In addition to any previous qualifications, identify the areas in which your strengths lie and consider how these would tie into a course. Don’t forget about the entry requirements, too, which you can find on each course page.
I know the discipline I want to study, but how I decide which major? In order to choose a major, you’ll need to think about what your goals are and what you’re most interested in. Most undergraduate degrees have multiple majors to choose from. The Bachelor of Business, for example, has ten majors to choose from, including accounting, marketing and management. Identifying a major will mean thinking about your interests, passions and what you think you’d enjoy learning about in depth. The major you choose may also be related closest to your current career or industry, or a field you wish to enter.
Each course and compare similar majors. You should take a look at each specific course page for the career opportunities, learning outcomes and course units to discover in depth what the course will offer you. How will the specifics of each course help you achieve your goals?
How online study works and the support that would be available to you. Studying with Swinburne Online gives you the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere, at your own pace and without giving up your current lifestyle. Undergraduate and postgraduate students have access to Student Advisors seven days a week, eLearning Advisors in each unit, a comprehensive orientation, assignment assistance and a supportive social community through the Swinburne Online social network. VET students receive seven days a week support and guidance from a personal Coach and Trainer to assist in progressing from the introductory course through to graduation.
Our blog. We’ve written about everything to do with online study. We break down disciplines, chat to current and past students, walk you through the Swinburne Online experience and put together the best tips and tricks to get you through to graduation.
Past student stories. We’ve had lots of students with interesting stories and backgrounds graduate from Swinburne Online. Clare began a Bachelor of Communications and planned to re-enter the workforce upon graduation after being a stay-at-home mum; Natalie leveraged her Diploma of Business Administration to gain a promotion, and Lauren expanded her expertise with a Master of Teaching. Find some inspiration from the many student stories on our blog.
Once you’ve asked yourself what you want to achieve with online study, identified if you have the time to commit to it, what your strengths and interests are, researched the specifics of each course and major and looked into the support on offer, you’ll be ready to choose your future.
Make sure you take your time making a decision, and when you’re ready to study online, chat to one of our friendly Course Consultants to answer any questions you’ve got. We’ll see you through.