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Online student gets promoted after graduation

Recent Swinburne Online graduate Alyse Henry was promoted from personal assistant to an accounting role after finishing her online degree.

She said completing a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) has opened up a ‘window of opportunities’.

The 26-year-old worked full time in a financial services firm as a personal assistant to the director of accounting whilst studying a full time load online. Now she will move into an accounting role within the same firm.

Alyse said moving up in her career is the main the reason she began studying online in the first place.

“I returned to study as I believe I reached a point in my career that required further study to advance and I believed I was ready for the challenge.

“I decided to study online, through a renowned university such as Swinburne, as it allowed flexibility in completing my degree.

“I wanted to continue working whilst studying, for my career prospects and to maintain my income, and Swinburne Online allowed me to do this,” Alyse said.

Alyse said the key to success when studying an online course is fine tuning time management skills.

“Family, social commitments and running a household were also aspects that demanded a lot of my time. However, I found with planning and exercising control over the amount of time I spent on activities, this allowed me to fit in study around my lifestyle and commitments.

“I believe the most important skill to be a successful online learner is time management. By setting personal goals, establishing priorities and deadlines, this allowed me to successfully complete my degree.”

Alyse said the best thing about her course were the eLearning Advisors and the support and guidance they provided throughout the course.

As a Swinburne Online student, Alyse graduated with a qualification from Swinburne University of Technology and attended the Melbourne ceremony. She said she was excited to graduate because it will further her career.

“I was ecstatic about graduating and extremely proud of my achievement and mostly excited to use my skills and put my learning into practice.

“I am now eligible to enrol in the CPA/CA course, allowing me to push myself further in my studies and career and eager to build upon my skills within the accounting industry.”

Alyse was one of six online students from all over Australia that formed Swinburne Online’s first graduating class.