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Time for a change? Here’s how a postgraduate degree could help you transition your career

Not every decision we make as a school-leaver is the right one. Who really knows what they want to do at 18? Once you hit your mid-to-late 20s - even your 30s or 40s – you will probably have a much clearer idea of who you are, what you’re passionate about, and what you really want to do.

The good news is that changing careers doesn’t mean you have to go back and start from scratch with a brand-new undergraduate degree. Bond offers a range of postgraduate degrees that don’t require a related undergraduate qualification – giving you the freedom to choose to pivot at a fork in the road, or take an entirely different path altogether.

There are so many advantages to pursuing postgraduate study – here are just four things you could gain from returning to the classroom.  

1. Change course entirely

It’s never too late to switch it up in your career. In fact, research suggests we will all have around 17 different jobs and up to five careers in our lifetime.

You might be working in healthcare and decide you’d prefer to work in the tourism industry, or pursue a career in city planning, for example. Or maybe you’ve been working in marketing, and want to make your mark on the property industry. By completing a postgraduate degree – most of which can be completed in one to two years at Bond – you could have a shiny new qualification under your belt, and a dynamic career path to pursue.

There are a number of postgraduate degrees that you may be eligible for, including a Master of International Hotel and Tourism Management, a Master of Construction Practice, a Master of Valuation and Property Development or even a Juris Doctor.

2. Put your career progression on the fast track

Postgraduate studies can open doors to more senior roles and accelerate your climb up the career ladder. A Master of Business, for example, can demonstrate your preparedness to take on a leadership role, and a Master of Project Management or Master of Project Innovation can set you up with the skills to look after bigger projects.

With many of Bond’s flexible programs offered after hours or delivered in intensive mode, you’ll have the ability to upskill through your study, and balance your existing professional workload at the same time.

What’s intensive mode? Intensive mode of delivery is where lectures, tutorials and workshops for a subject are scheduled over a condensed period (for example, two extended weekends from Friday to Sunday) rather than regular weekly classes.

3. Develop specialist knowledge

The world of work is changing - rapidly - presenting an array of new opportunities to take advantage in. Postgraduate study can equip you with new skills to diversify your skills or specialise in a particular field.

If you work in the health sector, a Master of Healthcare Innovations could be your ticket to new opportunities. If you want to explore board member opportunities, a Master of Laws in Enterprise Governance could set you up for your next board position. And with the demand for data-minded professionals on the rise in almost every industry, a Master of Business Data Analytics will enable you to bring a new set of skills to your career.

4. Take your career into your own hands

If you’d rather build your own business, a postgraduate qualification could form the perfect foundation. Programs like the Master of Business or Master of Project Management can add a new set of skills to your repertoire. And as a Bond student, you will have access to the Transformer entrepreneurship program, providing you with access to a wealth of expert coaches, services and industry contacts.

You will also start to build networks with your peers and academics, and become part of Bond's 30,000+ strong alumni network across 130 countries.

Returning to study

Bond offers a range of flexible postgraduate programs that can be tailored to suit your career goals and your lifestyle. Learning in small class sizes alongside industry leading academics and a diverse cohort of students, you will begin to build valuable networks from your very first day. And if it’s been a while since you studied, you’ll enjoy personal support in and out of class from your lecturers, and the Academic Skills Centre. 

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