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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsYou'll always see lots of change at Deakin. You'll never see them sort of thinking, oh, this is good enough. They're always trying to do new things that are, like, right on the edge. Yeah, we're we're really lucky, with just the resources that we have. We've got brilliant new buildings, and they're also trying to really develop the online aspect of it, as well. No other universities were offering a completely, wholly online grad cert. So I can take physical classes, but it's not compulsory. So all of the study can be done online, in my own time. And it's less about the content and more about developing those skill sets. So it's not just, like, learning content.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 secondsIt is about actually having the skill set that you need to be a good employee. They're really big on this thing called "clinical decision-making." You can have all that base of knowledge, but if you can't apply it or you don't have the people skills, and that term, that "clinical decision-making," then that's really pointless. You actually really buy into why you're studying. And you don't just feel like you have to do all these chores, just to get from A to B. My lecturers and tutors are really passionate about what they're teaching. And so that really comes through. It really inspires me to kind of go forward as well. So that really helps.

Skip to 1 minute and 12 secondsA lot of them are published authors in several texts. So it's about them being passionate about what they do. I knew that Deakin had a really good postgraduate setup. I knew that they look after their students really well. And so, for me, working full-time, it just seemed like a bit of a no-brainer. Where it's all really chunked up, into really easily digestible parts, which is the ease of transitioning from work into study. And it's been a long time since I studied. Everyone knows lots of different things and have their own specialties. So, like, study together and learn together and makes it that much easier, as well.

Skip to 1 minute and 46 secondsThere's so many previous students that have done their master's that are now out there working in the workplace. And they're always so happy to share their experiences and take students on for placement, all that sort of stuff, which definitely opens up some doors, employment-wise and networking and relationship-wise, as well. A lot of the alumni that come to the university and said, look, we need some help, some ideas around this particular problem. Even though you're studying things, it's really current. And it's actually relevant to what your job could be in a couple years' time.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 secondsWe actually upload all our files onto a portfolio system, so we have to have three logbooks that sort of stipulate as many hours that we have to do, over the time course of our degree. So we have all those logbooks up on our portfolio that employers can go and-- oh, OK, they've done all these things-- that they can tick them off, and then they can sort of use those sort of details to give us a call and offer us employment.

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As a Deakin postgraduate student, you can expect to receive a world-class 21st century education enriched by multiple opportunities to interact with like-minded students, leading educators and industry peers.

Deakin is committed to providing you with a postgraduate degree designed to:

  • challenge you with new and interesting ideas
  • connect you with other students
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  • link you to premium digital tools and technologies
  • test your knowledge and understanding against clearly defined learning outcomes
  • empower you with the relevant skills to maximise your future employability within your chosen field.

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In this video, our students talk about how Deakin’s digital tools, leading educators and peer-supported learning environments are helping them to develop the skills, portfolios and professional networks vital to their future employment and career success.

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