Back in January of this year, we offered Kickstart Scholarships for the first subject of our Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition), starting in March. With so many people looking to reskill and work in the expanding digital economy, we saw a huge interest in this new course (and the scholarship!).
We caught up with some of the winners during their recent mid-year break to see how they’re getting on after their first Session at IT Masters & Charles Sturt University.
Yrinie Gerges has an established career in Financial Services, having completed a Bachelor of Economics. Working more on large, complex transformation initiatives involving tech deliverables, she noticed she needed something more. “I knew I was building experience and exposure that will one day need to be complemented with academic education” she said, explaining “it [the scholarship] couldn’t have happened at a better time for me!”.
Phelan Trinh’s journey has taken an interesting path, and one we see a lot. The mining boom coincided with Phelan completing his Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce, taking him on an adventure across not only Australia but “far out places like Laos, Namibia and D.R. Congo” he said. When COVID-19 hit, Phelan said “I remembered my time as a cub-scout where our motto was, “Be prepared”. Not knowing if there is a bust around the corner or if I could no longer travel for work – I needed to start thinking about where my career was heading.” With a natural affinity with computing, Phelan had taught himself a lot about IT from a young age and saw the opportunity to shift careers through a formal qualification as “the confidence to pivot as needed when the time comes.”
One of the key benefits of online study has been the flexibility to fit study around work and family commitments, helping our students find their perfect balance. “Lectures are recorded and subject content is easily accessible so I can learn around the hours of my regular job” Phelan told us. The decision to pursue postgraduate study can feel huge, but it ensures you’re ahead of the pack in a dynamic industry, with Yrinie sharing “the course content so far has been industry relevant and pitched at the right level for student success”. Further, postgraduate study can be a big investment in terms of money as well. That’s where our Kickstart Scholarships can be a great help, with Yrinie telling us she’s “absolutely thrilled about winning my scholarship with IT Masters”. Phelan summed it up nicely, explaining “this is where courses like those provided by CSU shine – it is both cost effective and flexible”.
For Yrinie, taking the leap back into study has rekindled her aspiration to pursue her MBA. Her key piece of advice for others contemplating further study? “Go for it because the chances of you using your postgraduate studies in your chosen field is probably more likely than that of your undergraduate degree.”
And as Phelan put it, “If the pandemic has taught us anything – it is we can never accurately predict what is around the corner. However, what I am certain about is the increasing use and complexity of technology within all industries.”
Have you been inspired by Yrinie and Phelan’s stories? Are you thinking about upskilling to complement your existing career, or wanting to transition to a career in IT? Start your Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition) and graduate in 8 months part-time.