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Stepping up with Graduate Study

Molly McLaughlin

“Michelle cites the helpful lecturers and online tools that CIT provides as key to her success”

When Michelle Edden left her university degree unfinished to go travelling, she never thought she could one day complete her Masters, but that dream is soon to become reality thanks to a Graduate Diploma of Management (Professional Practice) at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

“I regretted not finishing my degree,” Michelle says.

“But I was unsure at that stage in my life whether it would be hard to take on study, and I probably didn’t have the confidence to do it. One of the coaches at work encouraged me to start with a Graduate Certificate in Management.”

Michelle will soon complete this graduate diploma qualification and then transfer into the MBA offered by CIT and Charles Sturt University, which she will be able to complete in one year of study.

Michelle’s current role as a director of strategic projects in the public service doesn’t leave much time for study, but she has found a way to balance her work, family, sporting and charity commitments.

“The graduate certificate was perfect for me because I was able to start with four subjects and if at that stage I couldn’t juggle it, I had the opportunity to pull out with a recognised qualification,” she says.

Michelle cites the helpful lecturers and online tools that CIT provides as key to her success, on top of the tutorial she attended once a week. By scheduling specific study times, she says the program has been much easier to manage than she expected.

“I’ve also found the lecturers to be very responsive in providing support and feedback,” she says. “I probably spend about eight hours a week on studying, so it’s an activity you have to be disciplined with.”

Although Michelle has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career, she has gained an even wider knowledge of her field through graduate study.

“I got a broad exposure to different elements of business that aren’t normally areas I specialise in like marketing and finance,” she says. “It makes you think about the way you do business; for example, we’ve looked at ethics in business and how the decisions you make impact others, which I think has been really beneficial.”

Because of this, Michelle sees her ongoing study as an affordable pathway that will both improve her professional knowledge and skills, and consolidate her experience in the workplace.

“I love it,” she says. “I think I would have been too daunted to enrol into an MBA without having the opportunity to learn how to study again, and the lecturers at CIT taught me to do that. I have to say I’ll be pretty proud to have an MBA as a qualification.”

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin is new to Canberra and is attempting to prove to her friends that the capital city can be cool. This mostly involves frequently going out for brunch and then posting about it on social media, along with trekking up hills and around art galleries. She is half way through her uni degree but spends most of her time reading, writing and planning her next adventure.

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