After a decade working for the Australian Taxation Office, James Camilleri reached a plateau in his career advancement.
‘In such a competitive corporate environment, I decided to return to study as a means of increasing my career prospects,’ James says.
33 year- old James began working full-time straight out of high school. It wasn’t until recently the father of two decided to gain further qualifications to progress in his career.
James first gained a Diploma of Business Administration and then enrolled in a Bachelor of Communication through Open Universities Australia.
‘I had undertaken Swinburne units as part of my Open Universities Course and enjoyed the way Swinburne ran their online subjects.
‘In 2012 I transferred to Swinburne Online and began my Bachelor of Social Science. Ideally I’d like to finish with majors in Media and Psychology,’ he says.
Jason’s employment history and past coursework made the recognition of prior learning process easy, as he was able to gain credit to get him closer to finishing his Bachelor with Swinburne Online.
‘My children and wife are my main priority so I didn’t want to study at the detriment of my family life. And I selected Swinburne Online as they are a reputable provider and offer convenience, flexibility and excellent support to their students’ Jason says.
On top of full-time work and study, James also works part-time as a personal trainer at his local gym in Berwick, Victoria—as fitness is a huge passion of his. The freedom of online study has made it possible for James to fit in all his commitments.
‘I am fairly busy and the flexibility which Swinburne Online offers is ideal for my situation. Through careful planning and organisation I have managed to successfully balance all of my major commitments.
‘I initially had doubts on my ability to manage study without sacrificing my other priorities. But I found that with the way Swinburne runs their online courses, I could navigate my study quite easily,’ James says.
‘The teachers are fantastic in offering support and helping your transition back into study as simple as possible. You build genuine rapport with teachers and students, like you do in an actual classroom.’