Postgraduate subjects with no strings attached

What if we were to tell you that you can complete a standalone subject, in the specific skill you need for that promotion, without strings attached? Through OUA, you can.  

Does the new year have your sights set on a promotion? You’re not alone.  

The turn of a year, and particularly a decade, is an ideal time to reassess your work situation. Returning to your day job after a few weeks off is likely to spark an itch, as you consider whether you could do more than your current position. 

An obvious way to work your way up in the workforce is to study a degree – allowing you to build on your skills to prepare for the next step up. But, given work and family commitments, it’s not always that easy. The good news is, there are other ways to learn the skills you need to climb the corporate ladder.  

What if we were to tell you that you can complete a postgraduate single subject, in the specific skill you need for that promotion, without strings attached? Through Open Universities Australia (OUA), you can.  

So, what are the benefits of studying a postgraduate subject, as opposed to enrolling in a full degree? Let’s dive in.  

Study with no strings attached 

Enrolling in a degree that comprises of dozens of subjects is a big commitment. Even for the most committed among us. While it is exciting to enroll in a full degree, it’s also a big leap. By studying in a single postgraduate subject instead, you can learn without the weight of further study hanging over you. If you choose to continue studying after that initial subject, great. If you’ve had enough, no worries, you don’t need to continue studying. There really are no strings attached.  

Test the water 

If you’re interested in a particular area of study, but unsure whether it will be of value for your career, studying a standalone subject in the field is an ideal way to get a taste of the topic. You’ll be able to see whether it’s really something you want to invest time and money in, and moreover, whether it’s what you really want to specialise in at work. 

Keep working while you learn 

It would be nice to not have to work while studying. But for the vast majority of us, it just isn’t a possibility. Bills, rent and mortgage repayments continue to trickle in, no matter how our lives change. Study a standalone subject, and you’ll still have the time to work your day job. After all, continuing to kick goals in your current role is just as important as up-skilling when you’re after a promotion. 

Show employers you're motivated

Skills in specific areas, commonly known as "micro-credentials", are enormously effective in improving employment opportunities. In fact, 95 per cent of Australian human resource managers actively seek “digital badges” - items on candidates profiles that show prospective employees that they have completed these mini-courses.


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