Postgraduate study gives Master of Research student clarity on career goals
Those interested in a career change, upskilling, or exploring how postgraduate studies can elevate their career are encouraged to attend Western Sydney University’s Postgraduate Information Sessions online, 4-7 December, to learn more about the University’s offerings.
For Master of Research student, Kayla Jaye, postgraduate study has opened a world of possibility.
It was in her final semester of her undergraduate degree when she completed a research project that she was so passionate about, she knew she had to continue with her studies.
“I reached out to my now-supervisor in the final three weeks of my degree and asked if they would be willing to supervise me for the Master of Research program. Luckily, they agreed,” said Kayla.
It was then that she successfully enrolled into the Master of Research program.
“I found the coursework in my first year to be instrumental in preparing me for my subsequent research year in the program.”
“The program was incredibly well-run, and the academics are so supportive, and I really felt I was able to flourish in postgraduate studies.”
This year, Kayla submitted her thesis, a highlight of her education journey so far.
“It felt like a real culmination of over two years of hard work and determination in the master’s program, and to see it as a physical product of this work was a very fulfilling moment.”
“I've also really loved the resources and facilities I've had access to in my postgraduate work as a scientist.”
Western Sydney University’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees provide students with the opportunity to transform their skillset in a supportive and flexible learning environment.
The upcoming Postgraduate Information Sessions will provide information about Western’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees and how to apply, as well as opportunities to meet with course experts.
Sessions will include Business (Sydney Graduate School of Management), Law, Medicine, Education, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Health Sciences, Science, Humanities and Communication Arts, Social Sciences, Engineering, Design and Built Environment and Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences.
Each session will have a representative from the Graduate Research School who will be available to discuss higher degree research options such as Master of Research, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy.
With her sights now set on continuing her educational journey, Kayla hopes to commence the Doctor of Philosophy, before going on to work in academia and research, with university teaching also on her radar.
She encourages others who may be interested in pursuing postgraduate study to ‘go for it’.
“It's an entirely different level of support and collaboration with academics, and my postgraduate program was where I felt I found my footing with my career and started to establish my long-term goals.”
“It can also be a great chance to specialise in certain subject areas you may be interested in, whether that be a continuation of your undergraduate studies, or an entirely new field.
“The possibilities with postgraduate study at Western are substantial.”
Western’s Postgraduate offering equips students with hands-on experience in partnership with industry, business, and government to provide real-world opportunities.
There is a combination of on-campus and online learning, including variable entry and exit points to suit varying career goals and schedules that require flexibility.
The University is making postgraduate education and the opportunity to upskill significantly more affordable with discounted course fees.
To learn more about Postgraduate study, including which courses are subsidised by the Commonwealth Supported Places, register for the upcoming Postgraduate Information Sessions here (opens in a new window).
16 November 2023
Photo: Sally Tsoutas
Top 5 reasons to consider Postgraduate study
Postgraduate study is helping Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling student and Student Services Hub team member, Rachel Thomas, take a leap closer to her dream career and below she shares her top 5 reasons to consider Postgraduate study.
1. Further impact in your field of interest.
Pursuing a postgraduate degree allows you to expand your skills and knowledge in the field, increasing the practical impact this can have on both your daily life and the lives of others. Doing a postgraduate course can deepen your scope and qualifications, hence, giving you a clearer path in making a positive change in your field.
2. Who says there’s an age limit to education?
Postgraduate study is great for adults who previously didn’t have the opportunity to study in a field that they’re passionate about and want to learn more about. Especially at Western, where the absence of an age barrier is clearly visible. Many people who may have completed their undergraduate years ago but did not have the time or space to elevate their education are welcome in postgraduate study and those with relevant work experience may be eligible for academic credit.
3. The qualification and certifications.
In today’s world of career competition, postgraduate study provides the opportunity to get those credentials and give you a leg up from other candidates. It really helps elevate your career to the next level and unlocks new opportunities.
4. Meet people like you.
In undergraduate study, you do a variety of subjects, and in postgraduate you focus on the area of study that interests you. It really gives you a space to expand your networks, meeting and conversing with those who share your interests and likeminded people with whom you can have thought provoking conversations with.
Postgraduate study attracts a diverse group of students of all ages and from different walks of life. You can adapt your timetable to suit your schedule giving you flexibility to juggle work, life, and study.