Amanda McAlister’s desire to be at the cutting edge of a new area of knowledge led her to begin the Master of Sustainable Practice program.
Master of Sustainable Practice
I wanted to be in a postgraduate program that would push me to deepen my understanding of affecting change. I also wanted the skills to place me at the front of an emerging field.
In a rapidly developing world, major population growth and environmental changes have dramatically increased the need for sustainable practices. Those with the skills and experience are now in hot demand.
“Access to a wide range of industry professionals – and the ability to work closely with them – has been one of the highlights of the program,” McAlister says. “We also hear from a number of speakers with insights into the range of options for students in this field.
I love the hands-on and practical approach of this degree, and as well as being a fantastic way to learn, it has provided a chance to network and develop great contacts for the future".
The 2018 Victorian State of Engineering report estimates Victoria’s population will increase by around 50 per cent in the next 28 years, along with a critical demand for sustainable infrastructure to meet community needs – a necessity that is also reflected globally.
"The Sustainable Cities of the Future Study Tour to Bordeaux gave me an eye-opening two weeks to hear from some of France’s leading experts on their research in a vast range of fields. The researchers were welcoming and open to all our questions, and it was a fascinating insight into the options available to graduates.
Fortunately, the practical aspects of the course are combined with the luxury of being able to choose my own topics and dictate the direction of my study. I am now focused on becoming a sustainability expert in electronic waste management. It’s an area in which needs will only grow as we move into an increasingly digital future."
In line with the growing demand for jobs in both public and private sectors, Infrastructure Victoria’s Victorian Infrastructure Plan has outlined $80 billion of strategic investments over the next 30 years. There’s never been a better time to think ahead.