Studying the Associate Degree in Business wasn’t Jane Allison’s first choice after leaving high school, but she discovered it was an excellent way to enter the Bachelor of Business (Management).
Even though the Associate Degree in Business wasn't Ms. Allison's first course preference, it turned out to be a better pathway to her advancing career. She enrolled in the two-year Associate Degree in Business and earned credit to complete the Bachelor of Business (Management) within a year.
“The Associate Degree gave me the confidence to go on and complete further studies. It also opened up a range of possibilities within business”.
“I feel that the subjects taught, prepared me for a broad range of experiences within the field,” she said.
Allison started the course with the aim of managing her own childcare centre. However, her studies eventually pulled her towards human resources, which she has worked in for more than two years. Building on this experience, she is soon to start in the role as Inventory Analyst for retail giant Kmart.
She shares her top five reasons to study business here:
"Studying business opens many different career doors. This is reflected in the variety of subjects offered within the Associate Degree in Business. This versatility is ideal for those who have yet to pinpoint their niche area."
“Fresh out of school, I wasn’t one hundred percent sure of what I wanted to do,” she says. “So I went into it not exactly knowing what the outcome was going to be, but I understood my passion and how I could apply the course to that.”
2. It’s about people
"Relationships and people are a big part of business.”
“There are many areas of business. Having an understanding of all the different divisions will assist relationships and good communication with others.”
“Although you might decide to go down a particular path, at the end of the day you’re going to have the knowledge of how it all comes together.”
3. Real world preparation
“In the classroom we were given real life scenarios. We would come together, work as a team, and present our findings as you would in a business environment.”
“I really enjoyed that. They encouraged you, they made it practical and it was a really welcoming environment.”
4. Supported learning
“It’s a really supportive environment - you know your teachers and they know you by name.”
For extra support, students can access the Student Learning Advisor Mentors (SLAMS) program. Allison used this program to aid her learning and later became a mentor herself.
“I offered assistance to students studying Organisational Behaviour, a subject that I found daunting during my first year,” she says.
“After completing the subject with surprisingly good results, I wanted to assist others in achieving the same.”
"It's a structured yet dynamic course that allows students to learn creatively. The course flexibility encourages students to explore all areas of business to find what suits them best."
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Story: Kate Jones