Julia and Mark | Diploma of Management
Fast-tracked qualifications are helping time-poor workers to formalise their skills. Using real-work scenarios and having their existing skill sets recognised, students are minimising the “extra” work they need to do and obtaining qualifications in a quarter of the time it usually takes.
Julia Mei Chen and Mark Devereaux, from Computershare, undertook a fast-tracked Diploma of Management. They say the intensive nature of the course allowed them to manage work and study.
“I won’t say it was easy. It required a lot of time management,” software development team leader Chen says. “(But) we learnt a lot of tools that helped me prioritise my workload, set achievable goals and maintain a work-life balance.”
Devereaux, an information technology team leader, says linking the study to his work had enormous benefits.
“Many of the assignments had practical applications within my team and, in fulfilling the course requirements, processes were improved,” he says.
At Swinburne, fast-tracked courses are open only to students with at least three years of workplace experience, to ensure they have the appropriate assumed knowledge.
Students use their own workplace projects for assessments, making the course immediately relevant and minimising the study burden.
The Diploma of Management now incorporates Leadership skills, such as Emotional Intelligence, and has changed to the Diploma of Leadership and Management.
Find out more about the Diploma of Leadership and Management.