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Meet our latest TAFE graduate

Swinburne Online student Daniel Anderson is no stranger to study, having already completed bachelor degree and graduate diploma. But after 16 years working in journalism and public relations he wanted to make the jump into a leadership position but felt he needed a few more tools in his academic toolbox. As the first graduate from our Diploma of Leadership and Management course we caught up with Daniel to find out how flexible online delivery made returning to study easy. 

Why a Diploma of Leadership and Management?

Over the past 16 years I’ve held various roles in journalism, public relations and communications. I’ve got to a point in my career where I am looking to take it up a step and felt that I really needed some formal management qualifications behind me. I knew that the Diploma of Leadership and Management with Swinburne Online would give me the skills and qualifications I needed to take my career to the next level.

What were the highlights of your course?

I really enjoyed the flexibility to be able to study when I wanted to. I was able to study on weekends, during holidays, on days off and whenever I felt like it. I was able to schedule study about work and other commitments. 

I also enjoyed the scenario based aspects of the course. I could really get a sense of how to use my skills in the fictional workplaces of the scenarios – I felt like I was actually putting together solutions to real problems in a real workplace.

Why choose Swinburne Online?

Having studied with Swinburne previously, I was well aware of the quality of the teaching and learning environments. There are many providers in the marketplace offering similar courses, but I had never heard of many of them. I knew with Swinburne I was getting high quality teaching, a respected name and a genuine qualification at the end of my study.

I looked at a range of courses and settled on the Swinburne Diploma of Leadership and Management mainly for its flexible delivery. I could study when I wanted and complete it at my leisure – some other courses I looked at had set timeframes in which modules must be completed (i.e. a week or month), I needed the flexibility to be able to step away from study for a couple of weeks if work and life took me in another direction temporarily.

What strategies or skills have enabled you to be a successful online learner?

When studying, I set myself little goals. I wanted to reach a certain point and complete a certain number of assessments in a setting. It almost become a habit to check my progress bar to see how much I had left to complete. I really looked forward to the assessors making my tasks so that my progress would tick over.

I had no set goal of completing the course in a certain timeframe, I was just happy to get it done around my other life aspects.

Once I settled into the course I was able to understand the objectives of each task, and was able to effectively work through each assessment to ensure the best possible result I could get.

What advice do you have for other students considering Swinburne Online?

My advice to anybody considering studying through Swinburne Online is ‘what are you waiting for?’. Swinburne is a reputable name in tertiary education – you know what you are going to get: a recognised qualification from a top University. There is great support too – any issues and questions I have had have been dealt with quickly and the assessors provided useful feedback and my assessment tasks.