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Why you should consider a postgraduate degree

For those already juggling work, family and a social life, further study can seem like one commitment too many. But with the option of evening classes, online study and the lure of a bigger pay check after graduation, a postgraduate course may not be as out of reach as you think.

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Many ECU courses are available to study online.

Read on for five reasons why you should begin postgraduate study today.

1. Flexible entry

For postgraduate students, universities generally either require you to have a bachelor degree or, if not, five years professional experience. For example, at ECU there are 36 courses available for entry based on relevant work experience. This means you can apply right now and start studying this February.

2. You don’t need to give up your day job

Part-time study, online units and classes held in the evenings mean postgraduate students can fit their study around existing work, family and social commitments. At ECU, students use Blackboard to access course material online and join in the discussion with their peers via forums, blogs and wikis.

3. Boost your paycheck

According to the Australian Government’s university comparison website QILT, the national median salary for a graduate from a postgraduate course is $80,000. At ECU it’s even higher at $84,000. Not bad when you consider the median salary for a bachelor graduate is $54,000.

4. You won’t be alone

Don’t worry if you’re a bit rusty when it comes to hitting the books. Universities usually have a range of support services to keep you on track. At ECU, Learning Consultants help students out with general academic skills, as well running unit specific workshops. It’s also possible to drop in when you need assistance with an assignment. This is in addition to a range of other support services, including career counselling, child care and job search resources.

5. Get that dream job

Finally, postgraduate students are more likely to be employed after finishing their degree.  The Graduate Careers Australia report found 81 per cent of postgraduates were in employment at the time of the survey. On average, postgraduate students are better qualified and more experienced, giving you a competitive advantage when it comes to the job hunt.

So what are you waiting for? For more information about postgraduate study, call 134 328 or visit our postgraduate web page.


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