Before you start the switch to another university, it’s important to ask yourself the right questions to make sure you’re transferring for all the right reasons.
Switching to a new university is a massive step to take, especially when you’ve already invested time into your current course.
If you’re having second thoughts or doubts about your university or institution, or aren’t feeling fulfilled by your course or majors, then switching now might benefit you in the short term and long term when you launch your career.
Here are five reasons that can help you make sure you’re on the right track, and some advice to help you kick-start the decision-making process.
What’s just as important as the university you choose, is making sure their course offerings, specialisations and majors or minors suit what you're looking for in your qualification.
Many universities have a specialisation or focus that’s unique to them, and when considering switching universities, make sure your major interests and career aspirations align with what your new university and course is offering – especially as you begin to narrow down your options.
If you’re looking for a degree that sets you up with skills and experience for the workplace, RMIT’s range of industry-led degrees are one of the reasons why it’s #1 in Australia for graduate employability. You can search by course or career to find the ideal course to match your career ambitions.
Different universities also offer different majors, minors and electives, which will shape what you learn, and the skills and knowledge you will gain from your qualification.
Fashion student Mia shares her experience with RMIT’s student support services, from career workshops to getting assistance with day-to-day student life – there’s always an online or on-campus service.
For example, RMIT’s new Bachelor of Business focuses on future business skills with an agile approach to learning, swapping traditional exams and lectures for more industry projects and experience. Students can choose from 15 majors and 30 minors to create a custom degree designed to shape their education towards their ideal career goals.
An important question to ask yourself if you’re having doubts, is to identify whether it’s the course content or the style of study. Different courses and qualifications often have different modes of learning, and universities themselves can vary on how they set up and structure their courses, lectures and classrooms, and whether their times and modes of study (full-time or part-time) work with your lifestyle requirements.
One of the most obvious differences is between on-campus, flexible (blended) and online learning, but a good study fit can also come down to factors such as how much theory you prefer compared to practical learning. RMIT’s focus on practical and industry-led learning means that you’ll be getting a degree that focuses on developing skills for the workplace – we want our graduates and their employers to feel confident about a qualification from RMIT.
Finding a suitable course that offers you credit transfers or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to shave time off your new degree might be a big factor for you to consider, especially if you're aiming to have your previous courses and experience recognised.
Another factor to consider is ensuring your new university has access to campus facilities you’ll need for your future career – this includes access to industry-based equipment and facilities specific to your specialisation and course area. At RMIT, we offer a range of world-class and state-of-the-art facilities across our four campuses. Check out our guided walking tours of our campus and study area facilities.
If you’d like to explore your study options, Study@RMIT can answer any questions you have about courses, applications and pathways.
Getting the skills and industry exposure you need for the career you want is an important part of your learning experience, especially once you're further into your course and starting to look ahead at what’s next.
So, if the course you're studying isn’t giving you the direct skills, industry knowledge or real-world projects to confidently give you an entry into a career, then this is a good reason to make the switch.
You also want to make sure that you’re not missing out on valuable industry and practical opportunities if you’re learning online or through a blended mode. These opportunities can make all the difference to your workplace confidence and getting the right amount of relevant skills and experience you need when you graduate.
RMIT courses and programs are co-designed with industry to align the curriculum with current and future workplace demands. Whether you’re learning online or on-campus, industry learning is in our DNA. RMIT delivers industry opportunities through industry-simulated classroom projects, workshops, industry speakers, internships (including virtual) and more.
Before you switch, make sure you’re clear on what skills or industry specialisations you would like to gain, and ensure your demands can be reasonably met. It’s also important to investigate whether your new university offers any industry opportunities or learning embedded into their courses.
I chose RMIT because the students and alumni I spoke with had such enthusiasm and positive experiences. The industry connections that RMIT have to offer attracted me, especially with the job market already competitive, it gave me confidence that I’ll get a positive university experience as well as a pathway to get me a job.
- Beth Shegog, Bachelor of International Studies
While some students thrive in an academic setting, some might prefer to get even more hands-on experience with equipment and systems they’ll be using in their future career.
If this sounds like you, then it might be good to reflect on whether you're more suited to vocational study (also known as TAFE).
As only one in six dual-sector universities in Australia, RMIT offers a range of TAFE qualifications, including apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas. Not only can these be completed in as little as six months, but you may even be eligible for free or low-fee tuition through government-subsidised Free TAFE and Job Trainer initiatives.
Another major benefit of vocational study at RMIT is that it opens pathways to higher education. After you complete your TAFE course, you can either choose to go straight into the workforce or use your vocational study to count towards a bachelor or associate degree, saving you time and money on your qualifications.
Some of the best memories, experiences and connections you’ll make in your life can start at university, so making sure your university community and student services, both on-campus and online, meet your expectations is an important question to ask yourself before making the switch.
Having a mentor or someone to help you navigate the ins and outs of your industry and build professional networks with all the right people and groups in your industry is an invaluable way to start your career. RMIT’s focus on industry and employer partnership is strengthened by the career services through RMIT Job Shop, a one-stop service where students can go for career advice, resume workshops, job-ready programs and more.
When selecting a new university, making sure you’re getting the support you need can have a huge impact on your experience. RMIT students have access to range of support services such as peer mentoring, 24/7 study help, free software and apps and social programs such as Mates at RMIT or a massive range of student clubs and societies. There’s also dedicated learning support provided by the Equitable Learning Services team.
If you want to find out what the real university experience is like, the best people to ask are the students themselves. At RMIT, you can explore the huge range of services and activities available to RMIT students or chat with various students across regions and study areas to find out more about your study area and discover what it’s like to be a part of the student community at RMIT.
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Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.