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Accelerate your career with a postgraduate degree

Heidi Fisher

Heide Fisher is studying a Masters of Cyber Security at ECU.

Whether you are looking to supercharge your career or just want to take that next step in your education, a postgraduate degree could give you the skills, expertise and industry contacts you need.

Just ask Edith Cowan University (ECU) Master of Cyber Security student Heide Fisher.

Ms Fisher was working in IT for nearly a decade before taking time out of her career to support her family when her husband took an overseas posting. When she returned to Australia, Ms Fisher realised the IT industry had changed dramatically.

Seeing this as an opportunity to upskill and re-enter the workforce, Ms Fisher went back to university, undertaking a Master of Cyber Security at ECU in 2019.

“I felt that cyber security was an extension of what I had previously studied,” she said.

“ECU was a logical choice as it is recognised as being a world leader in the cyber security field.”

Cyber security is a booming industry, with a predicted shortfall of 1.8 million cyber security professionals globally by 2022.

ECU has Australia’s largest cyber security research and education program and will this year open a new Security Operations Centre, the first of its kind in Australia and one of only a handful worldwide.

The Security Operations Centre will offer students unique real-time training in monitoring, detecting and responding to cyber security incidents.

“I didn’t realise how technical, hands-on and intensive the Masters program would be,” Ms Fisher said.

“Even though it has been technically complex and challenging, I feel that I have learnt and gained skills that will be useful for industry.”

Combining academic study with industry connections to solve real-world challenges is a keystone of postgraduate study at ECU.

As part of her degree, Ms Fisher has secured an internship with Perth-based mining company South32 and is currently undertaking an industry-funded research project.

“The study experience has exceeded my expectations,” she said.

“The quality of the teaching staff, the diversity of students and the first-class facilities have greatly enriched my time at the university.

“For example, when I first started I was struggling to set up the virtual machines. One lecturer spent an hour with me setting up the virtual machines on my laptop.”

It’s this supportive approach that has led to ECU being rated five stars for teaching quality by their graduates for a record 13 years in a row in the 2020 Good Universities Guide. It is the only public university in Australia to receive the maximum rating for this timeframe.

For Ms Fisher, the decision to head back to university was the right choice.

“Anyone thinking of going back to study at university later in life should do it. It has been an amazing journey,” she said.

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