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Upskill while you work with a diploma

Megan Cavigan February 19, 2019

Luke had worked in hospitality and customer service for over ten years and after temporarily relocating to Japan, Luke moved back to Australia and began working in the financial industry when he decided to pursue a Diploma of Business.

Proving it’s never too late to begin studying, we asked Luke about his experience with Swinburne Online.

Q: Why did you undertake a Diploma of Business?

Luke: “I ended up moving back to Australia eighteen months later and started working full time in the financial industry. Over time I started to develop an interest in leadership and management. The interest continued to get stronger and I knew upskilling myself formally would be a real benefit to myself and my career.”

“As I was working full-time, I had to find something that allowed me to continue working full-time and study. The flexibility that Swinburne offered where I could study 100% online really gave me the confidence and motivation to take the plunge into studying again. “

Q: How do you feel after completing your Diploma?

Luke: “Even though the feeling of completion was great, the best feeling now is knowing what capabilities I have inside me. When I started this journey, I never would have thought I would end up with a distinction grade. To finish with that outcome was the proudest moment in my life.”

Q: What advice would you give to current students?

Luke: “Don’t let history define you! Be willing to make sacrifices, commit to the goals and if you have quite a bit of time to complete studies, never leave it until later.”

It’s not an easy journey and there will be lots of highs and lows, but just keep going and never give up.

Luke graduated without giving up full time work, utilising the support from the VET Support team to complete his diploma. Studying with Swinburne Online has also given Luke the confidence to further pursue opportunities to study and upskill.

Click here to find out more about a Diploma of Business at Swinburne Online.