Postgraduate study at
UNSW opens new doors for high achievers
those looking to get their career on track, UNSW is the destination of
choice. Postgraduates are also finding the benefits of study are far
greater than simply a career stepping stone.
Educated during the
tumultuous years following East Timor’s birth, Felisbela Do Rosario
Guterres will return home at the end of the year armed with the
knowledge and networks she gained at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
She will contribute to better environmental management as her country
“I have a passion for
the environment, but in the last decade, due to civil wars, a large
proportion of East Timor’s priority was focusing on looking after the
security issues. Environmental issues were not in the highest priority.
Now the situation is getting better and we are focusing more on actual
physical development and increasing people’s wellbeing. In order for
East Timor to be successful in its development, this is a critical
area,” she says.
Felisbela was awarded
an AusAID scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies and chose UNSW
for its high reputation.
During her Master of
Environmental Management at UNSW, she won a
Minister’s Pacific-Australia Award in recognition of her leadership
potential. She plans to use the award to gain experience in
environmental auditing, before returning home to oversee the management
of pollution, waste and water quality.
On track to a
Up to 13% of international students who have completed an undergraduate
degree at UNSW return to UNSW for their postgraduate studies, sometimes
after first spending time in the workforce, says Aleksandr Voninski,
Executive Director of UNSW International.
“Students realise after
a certain point of being in the workforce that they need to up-skill or
refine their knowledge base into something a bit more niche and
specific,” he says.
“They know from their
earlier experience at UNSW that it offers fantastic opportunities for
them in terms of graduate outcomes, and by returning to study they can
take their earning potential and happiness to the next level.”
A diverse mix of
students from more than 120 countries also provides the opportunity for
leaders to extend their networks.
“I love this course,
but for me the best things about my study here aren’t just what I’m
learning in the classroom – it’s also about the opportunities UNSW
provides for networking and communication,” says Felisbela.
UNSW postgraduates also
improve their employment potential. In fact, Australian-based UNSW
graduates enjoy Australia’s highest median starting salaries, according
to the 2012 Australian Graduate Survey.
More than just a
Behrang Javerian chose UNSW for his postgraduate studies because it had
Australia’s highest ranking in computer science. A graduate in
telecommunication engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in
Tehran, Behrang was already working in IT as a software and Java
developer and wanted to underscore his years of practical experience
with an academic qualification.
The decision paid off,
and since he graduated in 2006 with a Master of Computer Science he
landed a job as a solution architect for one of Australia’s major media
“Studying at UNSW meant
I had a degree from Australia and the knowledge I needed to get the
job,” he says.
Sometimes, however, a
postgraduate degree offers more than a stepping stone to a better job.
Annette Slunjski fell in love with marketing during her undergraduate
degree at UNSW more than 20 years ago – and after several decades in
marketing for technology companies she chose to come back to the
university to complete a master’s degree.
“I was 34, my career
was travelling fine, but I just had this hunger to know more,” says
Annette, who is currently the principal at Lucidity Marketing
Communications, a B2B consultancy.
“I knew the quality of
the qualification from UNSW would carry weight, but also it was
refreshing because it was flexible and you could plan the study around
your life. The lovely thing at the master’s level was the teaching staff
were collegiate, it was like they were mentoring you rather than
teaching students. It was exactly the sort of mental nurturing I was