Jug­gling stud­ies, home and fam­i­lies

Mt Buller News - - ON AND OFF THE SNOW - By PAM ZIERKMAHONEY

MOST modern fam­i­lies rely on two in­comes to ob­tain their homes, their food, cloth­ing and ed­u­cat­ing their chil­dren.

For the modern mum it can mean jug­gling time and en­ergy and pri­ori­tis­ing what is most im­por­tant.

Fam­ily usu­ally comes first – chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion, sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, then the home next and then the job.

But there are a small group of ARMB em­ploy­ees on Mt Buller who have also jug­gled study in an ef­fort to gain higher qual­i­fi­ca­tions through Swin­burne Uni­ver­sity’s on-line study pro­gram – hence open­ing doors to high em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Or per­haps they have just wanted to pur­sue their own in­ter­ests – what­ever the rea­sons study time im­pacts on the first three pri­or­i­ties.

So how have these hard work­ing peo­ple coped with work­ing, fam­i­lies and study?

Katie Bowker: Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness (Mar­ket­ing)

Katie has been study­ing while work­ing for 2.5 years

“I had al­ready com­pleted an Ad­vanced Diploma of Tourism, so gained over a year’s worth of cred­its, which re­duced my study load,” Katie said.

“Jug­gling work, home and fam­ily was dif­fi­cult, but I set my­self time for study, time for fam­ily, and ob­vi­ously time for work.

“By stick­ing to a dis­ci­plined sched­ule I could make sure ev­ery­thing I needed to do got done.

“It also meant that fam­ily and friends knew when I wasn’t avail­able, so there weren’t un­rea­son­able de­mands on my time.”

Katie said her fam­ily helped enor­mously by help­ing around the house, with meals and by be­ing happy with cheese on toast for din­ner.

She said she would en­cour­age any­one to do the same: “Ab­so­lutely – don’t put it off,” she said.

“I couldn’t rate more highly the ad­van­tages of on­line study – work in your own time, with real, rel­e­vant in­dus­try knowl­edge, an amaz­ing range of tu­tors who are highly ex­pe­ri­enced and skilled, and a great on­line com­mu­nity for sup­port at 2am when dead­lines loom.”

Katie is hop­ing that hav­ing a Bach­e­lor will en­able her to progress through the ranks to reach a man­age­rial po­si­tion, and en­able her to di­ver­sify her skills and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lyn­d­sey Jack­man: Plan­ning and Leas­ing Man­ager - Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion

Lyn­d­sey has been study­ing for 10 months.

“Pri­ori­tis­ing work, study, fam­ily and a so­cial life is es­sen­tial,” Lyn­d­sey said.

“Also be­ing dis­ci­plined and miss­ing out on things you’d much pre­fer to be do­ing rather than study­ing.

“My wife was very sup­port­ive dur­ing my stud­ies.

“With­out her tak­ing on some of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, study would have been very dif­fi­cult,” Lyn­d­sey said.

Asked if they would rec­om­mend oth­ers do­ing the same Lyn­d­sey said given the re­mote na­ture of Mans­field and Mt Buller, he would rec­om­mend on­line study for those con­sid­er­ing ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly for those work­ing full time.

“My un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree was in a dif­fer­ent field to which I now work in, so for me, it was about for­mal­is­ing my ex­pe­ri­ence and gain­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in my cur­rent vo­ca­tion,” Lyn­d­sey said.

An­gela Ce­sarec: Cur­rently study­ing Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion (Pri­mary)

An­gela will take five years to com­plete her Bach­e­lor of Arts if she con­tin­ues at the pace she is go­ing at the mo- ment - she is only in her first year.

She man­ages work, home and fam­ily by al­lo­cat­ing cer­tain days and times to her stud­ies, as you need to keep a bal­anced life­style.

An­gela said she has a sup­port net­work at home and a sup­port­ive fam­ily in Mel­bourne.

“Hav­ing them be­hind you and sup­port­ing your choice to study re­ally add to your mo­ti­va­tion to con­tinue, as at times it can get over­whelm­ing. Es­pe­cially at as­sess­ment time,” she said

“I would say don’t take on more than you can man­age and en­sure you have sup­port around you,” was her ad­vice to oth­ers con­sid­er­ing study­ing on line and work­ing.

“As this is a ca­reer change for me I am hop­ing to be suc­cess­ful in gain­ing em­ploy­ment as a pri­mary teacher once I have grad­u­ated,” she said.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager for ARMB Gil­lian Dob­son said she didn’t re­ally have too much to do with it in a men­tor­ing ca­pac­ity.

“I was in­volved mainly at this point as Swin­burne asked us to par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries of short videos on the ben­e­fits of study­ing on­line,” Gil­lian said.

“There were two oth­ers in the or­gan­i­sa­tion who have also stud­ied on­line through Swin­burne but just Katie in my team.

“Katie did her stud­ies on­line to com­plete a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness ma­jor­ing in Mar­ket­ing, and since com­plet­ing the course has been suc­cess­ful in pro­gress­ing her ca­reer from events man­ager to mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, a move that may not have been pos­si­ble with­out the abil­ity to study on­line.

“Liv­ing and work­ing re­gion­ally means you can’t study on cam­pus eas­ily, so the abil­ity to do so on­line is in­valu­able for de­vel­op­ing em­ploy­ees in their cur­rent and fu­ture roles.

“At Re­sort Man­age­ment we have a study sup­port pro­gram that as­sists em­ploy­ees to com­plete their stud­ies by of­fer­ing leave to help with pre­par­ing for and tak­ing ex­ams, which makes the prospect of gain­ing ad­di­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions more at­tain­able for staff, and makes us ap­peal­ing as an em­ployer too,” Gil­lian con­cluded.

STUDY MODE: Those tak­ing stud­ies on Mt Buller while work­ing full or part time jobs in­clude (from left) Katie Bowker, Lyn­d­sey Jack­man, An­gela Ce­sarec and Leanne Drake.

HELP­ING HAND: Gil­lian Dob­son, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Mt Buller, was an ad­vi­sor but whole­heart­edly sup­ports the on-line study con­cept.

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