After landing her dream job in the fashion industry, Swinburne Online student Amelia Conway lost her passion for the business and decided to start over.
“Things were not going well for me, my job was extremely stressful and I wasn’t coping. I wasn’t interested in the designs or the fabrics or the customers’ demands.
“Initially I thought it was the ‘job of my dreams’, yet something was just not right. It was a huge decision for me to quit my job and start over.”
Amelia debated for months on whether to quit fashion, and after hearing a radio ad for Swinburne Online, a quick Google search turned her onto the right career path.
“I felt I was stuck. Then one day after hearing the radio ad I decided to look it up at work. I knew I needed something I could study part-time and still be able to work full-time.
“One thing lead to another and I enrolled. Now when I hear the ad on the radio I smile, because I know I’ve made the right decision for myself.”
The 26 year-old Mascot, NSW resident received her first Bachelors on-campus at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2009 with second class honours.
Now studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) online, Amelia says online study has kept her motivated to become a top performer in her subject.
“Being motivated has helped me be a successful learner. If you are interested in your course, you are motivated. I get involved in the online discussions and love chatting on the boards and jumping into a Collaborate session.
“If I’m unsure a quick chat on the discussion board or to the eLearning Advisor clears things up. It’s a friendly environment and helpful to see other student’s questions and responses so you can gauge whereabouts you sit in the class in terms of understanding of the topics.
“I’m just so inspired and encouraged by my success so far. Something about Swinburne Online is definitely working well for me.”
Amelia hasn’t decided what she will do after she graduates at the end of 2015, but she encourages anyone unhappy with their career to make a change.
“I feel this is a career path I am genuinely interested in. I thought I was creative, but I realise now I am a logical mind, I needed to do something that matters, not something frivolous. Now I am so glad that I made a change to study Psychology.
“If you feel a discontentment in your life, and feel a calling towards another discipline, you have to take that chance. I fretted about it for months, now I wish I had done it sooner. It sounds cliché, but it is so true.”