Louise followed her passion for violence prevention and enrolled in the Master of Public Policy. Now she’s developing the practical skills that will help her build a career.
For people already in the workforce, postgraduate study is a great way to advance your career. I’ve also found it really helpful in changing the direction of my career without having to start from scratch at entry level.
I originally studied media and graphic design, then moved into a role at a not-for-profit organisation – it was there that my manager encouraged me to pursue postgraduate studies in environmental sustainability as part of my professional development planning. I did a Graduate Certificate in Environment and Planning, and I found that I really enjoyed the courses relating to policy and sociology, so I moved into the Master of Public Policy after I received my certificate.
RMIT’s programs are more practical and applicable to the real world than some other universities – I feel like I am constantly learning practical skills.
The facilities are really good too. I work full-time and have a hard time focusing on study at home, so I take advantage of the library and study spaces in the evenings and on weekends. It’s great to have a comfortable place to study.
I’ve had some really great teachers who are approachable and open to mentoring and discussing my career plans with me, beyond just answering questions about the course they are teaching. One teacher offered to introduce me to their contacts in the industry, and another took me along to research planning meetings so I could get a better idea of how the system works.
I am currently in a work-integrated learning placement with the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, evaluating a network of violence prevention practitioners to assess whether being part of the network has helped them build their capacity or improve their practice.
I am passionate about violence prevention and am very keen to work in this area, so it has been amazing to meet a lot of people in the field and work alongside them while undertaking my research. This project is also a real-world example I can use to demonstrate my skills when applying for jobs, and I have started building a professional network too, which is fantastic.