Rebecca Jeremenko - Management
I work for Geoscience Australia as an executive officer. I never went to university, but it was something I always wanted to do.
I decided to do the Advanced Diploma of Management at CIT, and then had a break from study. I heard about CIT's Graduate Certificate in Management and after looking into it, I realised it was something I could fit in with work that would also give me a uni qualification, so I enrolled.
I wanted to study at CIT as I knew CIT were pretty hands-on and I wanted my study to be practical. For the work in both the advanced diploma and the graduate certificate, the assignments were based on our real workplaces, so it was realistic and related to what I was doing at work. I found this really helpful and it got me thinking differently about what I do day-to-day.
I really liked the fact that the course was delivered face-to-face. I'm a very social person, so I didn't think I'd be very good at studying long distance. I also liked the idea of meeting like-minded people.
Work were supportive of my studying and gave me time off to complete my course as they saw the course as really beneficial for me to have. Particularly to learn the theory behind management, as this was something I hadn't done before.
One of the things I liked most about the course is it's aimed at people who have been working for quite a while. If you've worked in management for a while, it's aimed at that level, so you'll still get a lot out of it.
The teachers at CIT were also fabulous, and I'd recommend them to anyone. All of them have been out in the real world and had senior careers. They were all not only extremely knowledgeable, but also really approachable.
I predominantly did the qualification for myself - as a university qualification is something I've always wanted. But I personally believe the course helped me and it will help my job prospects down the track.
Now that I've finished the graduate certificate, I'm going on to study the graduate diploma next year. After that, I also know there's an option to continue onto the masters program, which is delivered through Charles Sturt University.
I had always wanted to go to university, even straight out of school, but I was a bit unsure of my ability to study at uni - I thought it would be too much for me. I found CIT to be such a great stepping stone - it's a comfortable environment but you still end up with a university qualification. You even get to go to Charles Sturt University to graduate.