Returning to work after a long period off can take time, as was the case for Diploma of Business Alumni Monica. To help with the transition, she chose to use her time off to further her education through Swinburne Online. We spoke to Monica about her study journey and return to the workforce.
Making the decision
Monica was on maternity leave when she made the decision to start her course, a decision made easier with online study. Swinburne Online provided Monica with the perfect platform to develop her skills to help her re-enter the workforce and achieve her career goals.
“I made the decision to undertake further studies to assist me getting back into the workforce because I was looking at setting up my own business in the future.”
Through her studies, Monica was able to increase her self-esteem, extend her network connections with the help of LinkedIn and get up to date with the latest marketing and business management trends and strategies.
“Studying at Swinburne Online has been an excellent experience for me. The team is very supportive, the online platform is user-friendly, and the studying resources are extensive, up to date and accessible.”
Strategies for success
Planning your study journey can help you to maintain the balance between study and personal life; Monica owes her success to a few key strategies and a unique approach to the study materials.
“Setting up a specific study time in my calendar each day of the week, utilising my lunch breaks for reading… getting familiar with each module’s content and looking for real life examples to contextualise the reading material”.
With the online community, Monica was able to receive the support that she needed throughout her studies, helping her enjoy the experience while staying positive along the way.
“It is always worth it to reach out and get in contact with other students, educators or people working in the field you are studying.”
Since graduating from her Diploma of Business Monica’s career prospects have increased, starting with a six-month extension in her current role, as well as a number of employment opportunities via LinkedIn with significant increases in profile views and networking with like-minded people.
“I have been given the opportunity to participate on a multidisciplinary team responsible for our division operational reform utilising the ‘Lean Methodology’.
“I am very proud of being part of the Swinburne Community and all the contributions they have made to science, technology, the local and international community and to their alumni!”
The experience Monica has gained from her online studies has helped her return to the workforce and provided her with the means to advance her career.
Learn more about how online study works and bring your career goals to life.