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Catch up on industry news for your career, inspirational student stories to keep you motivated, information on online courses, plus tips that will guide you through life and study.

Careers & industry

What’s it like to work at the Olympics?

With the 2024 Olympics just around the corner, two elite sport pros tell us what they’ll be up to behind the scenes in Paris.

Job tipsCareer spotlight

4 science careers you didn't know existed

So you want to be a scientist… From exploring parts of the invisible sky, to fabricating new food flavours, here are some of the more unusual careers in science.

Future of workCareer spotlight

5 jobs of the future that could take over the workforce

Social media managers, content creators and coders are the jobs of today. But what are the jobs of tomorrow? The roles experts predict may surprise you.

Future of workCareer change

From arts law to actress: Elise McCann’s road to success

We chat with actress Elise McCann to find out how her arts/law degree helped her carve a career as a celebrated stage actress, producer, and health and wellness entrepreneur.

Graduate storyCareer spotlight

What can you do with a medical science degree?

Interested in studying med but not quite sure where you want to go career-wise? A medical science degree will give you a solid foundation.

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5 inspiring reasons to pursue a community services career

You could support people living with disability, advocate for those suffering a health crisis, or assist those experiencing family violence. Find out why a career in community services can be rewarding and varied. 

Make a differenceCareer spotlight

An Aussie composer on how to get into the music industry

Is it hard to make it in the local music industry? Jessica Wells, a successful composer, orchestrator and arranger reveals the challenges and opportunities that you might face on your journey to stardom. 

Career spotlightJob tips

Jobs that pay 100k a year in Australia

From psych to construction to comms, there are plenty of high-paying industries out there. Here are some of your best bets if you want to make at least $100k in Australia.

Job tips

Courses & the study experience

The benefits of studying early childhood education

When Sarsha Mennell started her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in 2019 she thought she would go on to become a classroom teacher, but her studies led her to exciting and unexpected opportunities.

Graduate storyCareer spotlight

7 in-demand digital skills you can learn with Academy Xi

Want to future proof your career by becoming more technically savvy? We’ve got 7 new courses to help you do just that.

Featured courseCareer changeFuture of work

The power of student activism (and how to get involved online)

As history shows, student activism drives meaningful change. But how can online students be part of these grassroots movements from afar?

Make a differenceOnline study experience

What’s in the 2024 budget for online students?

The Federal Government made a lot of education announcements in its 2024 budget last week, including a welcome change to HELP indexation. So what are the main things you need to know about as an online student? Here’s a quick and easy recap. 

Industry news and insights

Humans of Open Universities Australia: Meet our Content Lead, Cat

A ‘braided river’ career path, a crystal ball moment from Bill Gates, and a heartfelt letter with complete disregard for the third wall—here's Cat.

Career spotlight

From minimum wage to psychologist: Meet single mum Courtney

Courtney is a single mum living in Tasmania. She was earning minimum wage, didn’t finish Year 12, and didn't think she would ever go back to study again–until she spoke to a student advisor at Open Universities Australia.  

Student storyCareer change

How online learning can empower students with school refusal

If school refusal (or ‘school can’t’) is affecting your family, there is hope. Learn more about this growing issue, and how online learning might help.

Online study experienceStudy options

The 10 best creative writing short courses to kick off your practice

Whether you want to write a short story, novel, children’s book, biography or simply give in to your creative writing compulsion, we have the short course you didn’t know you needed.

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Study & life hacks

What self-education expenses can you claim at tax time?

An accountant shares the ins and outs of getting your tax done—including what you can and can’t claim if you're studying for work.

Help me study

8 of the most common tax return mistakes students make

We asked Ashley Debenham from etax.com.au about the major flubs to avoid on your tax return this year. 

Self improvement

How to make a tasty dinner with a packet of instant noodles

After surviving on instant noodles throughout his student years, Ho Jiak owner and chef Junda Khoo knows all the tricks to elevate this pantry staple. 

Time and stress managementHelp me study

Want an easy student dinner? Try this slow-cooked Mexican beef

When we asked Simple Home Edit’s Nicole Maguire for a time-saving study night recipe, she was happy to oblige. This versatile dish only requires 15 minutes of prep—then you can just set and forget. 

Help me studyTime and stress management

The power of a workout: can exercise boost your grades?

If you’re looking for ways to improve your focus, studying longer and harder might not actually be the answer. 

Exam and assessment prepStudy motivation

How to nail your personal and professional development goals

Ready to live a life you’re excited about? Career coach Kate Richardson has the lowdown on how to define your personal and professional development goals.

Career changeSelf improvement

Does coffee help you focus?

Some say caffeine improves your ability to concentrate, but is that actually true? Let's look at the evidence.

Study motivation

11 tips for surviving the school holidays as a student/parent

We asked a group of parents how they plan to study and maintain their sanity over the school holidays. Hopefully, you'll walk away with coping strategies you can put into practice too! 

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