A balance between full-time work and online studies


When MSc student Sai Lyons neared the end of her BSc in 2017, she felt like she was only scratching the surface of what there was to learn.

“I felt like I was in a situation where the more you know, the more you realize you don’t know,” she says. “I had not finished learning yet and public health was an area that I found very interesting during my undergraduate studies. “

To give himself a well-deserved break from a full-time study workload, Sai planned to take the next twelve months off, a kind of sabbatical year, to gain work experience at the school. full-time.

“Six months after working full time, I was feeling a little bored. I wanted to do more with my life and made the decision to resume my studies earlier than planned. “

So, with his full-time job as a retail manager at Questacon that kept him 9 to 5, Sai devoted his evenings after work and weekends studying for a Masters in public health.

“The only way for me to fit into the masters with my full-time job was to study the program online. I really enjoy it, and the more I study online, the more online study options appeal to me in the future. “

Even though Sai was not currently working full time, she believes she would still choose the online study option.

“It frees up a lot of time and gives you a lot more freedom in how you can spend the hours of your day outside of work.”

When asked what advice she would give to current undergraduates considering postgraduate studies, Sai explains that her master’s degree allows her to focus on what really interests her.

“The structure of the program is not limited in how you can do something and be able to do it in many places. I found my undergraduate studies quite broad and my postgraduate studies were for me the opportunity to focus on something that really interests me. “

“If you’re not sure if you want to continue your education, I would say just try it, give it a chance. I started my Masters knowing that if it didn’t work for me, I might change my mind. Obviously I didn’t, and I’m really glad I continued my studies at ANU. “

Sai grew up in Canberra and found the decision to go to college here obvious.

“I guess if you were from a small town you would come to Canberra for a great college experience. I was lucky enough to live somewhere with a top university already.”

“ANU’s Masters of Public Health program really marked me as a favorite because I had my undergraduate education here and public health was an area that I found really interesting at the time. . “

The flexibility of an online degree program, the smaller cohort, and increased communication between students and organizers mean that Sai has taken greater responsibility for his academic success.

“I’m definitely more involved in communicating with my speakers and facilitators than when I was doing my undergraduate studies. The class size is much smaller, so the academic staff know who you are and you feel more responsible for doing better. “

Imagining his life after his Masters, Sai smiles broadly and laughs a little,

“I imagine with this diploma being able to go to work for the World Health Organization, to travel and to fight diseases abroad.”

Learn more about the Master in Public Health and online study options.


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