With a Bachelor of Environmental Science already under her belt, Le Thi Thuy Tien studied a masters to further her career opportunities.
I decided to pursue a masters degree because of the career development opportunities. I had worked for a government organisation for environmental protection for three years before I came to Melbourne to study. My job was fulfilling but I found that I just kept doing the same thing over and over again, using the same old procedures. I wanted to make a difference and create something really meaningful for the environment and community.
RMIT was my first choice because I’d heard it’s more connected to practice than other universities – RMIT focuses on preparing students with applied knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of employers.
RMIT creates an environment where students can ask, interact and present their ideas without judgment.
The program has developed my skills in research and analysis, ensuring that I’m able to think critically about information from different perspectives, and it’s also helped my interpersonal skills.
The RMIT clubs and mentoring programs gave me somewhere to make friends and get help when I needed it. The teachers are enthusiastic and inspiring, and the CareerHub is an amazing resource that helps students ease into their careers through workshops, consulting and mentoring.
My advice to people is: don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone. You never know what you can do. New people, new environments and difficult circumstances can teach you how to overcome constraints and get stronger – you’ll be surprised to learn of your true ability.