I thought about a degree but I needed to be able to work at the same time. When I discovered I could do both through OUA, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Accounting. I was living in the UK at the time. All my course materials were sent over there - it's amazing to think I could enroll in an Australian university from all the way over the other side of the world!
Leigh Latta - Bachelor of Accounting, University of South Australia
For me, I wasn't keen on campus-based study as I was working full time [and I have three kids aged 15, 12 and 10] so studying online was the only option - and it was very flexible.
When we had to complete work in groups we would use Skype. We'd set a time and everyone dialled in. We had people from India, Vietnam, Switzerland, even America - Australians who were working overseas. The online forums were also useful and I could access library information online.
Darren Brandon - MBA, RMIT
Studying with OUA meant I could do a mixture of full time and part time study. If I wasn't able to study off-campus, I just wouldn't have been able to do it. I have two children - a four year old and a 22 month old. I fit in study when I can and work around my schedule. I would definitely recommend OUA to other people.
Georgina Scambler - Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University.
I chose OUA because it had been a while since I had been to university and I had heard that OUA was flexible... [It] allowed me to still focus on my family, work and... social life. Studying online has provided me that flexibility
Edward Sadza - MBA, RMIT
I decided to study with OUA so I could stay in the workforce longer. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. I was initially scared as I thought my age could be a disadvantage but it's really validated my role at work and I have even had a promotion since I've finished!
As Chief Operating Officer of a car company, I sometimes don't leave work till 8pm so night lectures weren't an option. Without OUA, I wouldn't have been able to study.