NEW South Wales social science student Amelia Conway has one regret about studying online – she wishes she had done it sooner.
"If you feel discontentment in your life and feel a calling towards another discipline, you have to take that chance,” Amelia said.
“I fretted about it for months, now I wish I had done it sooner. It sounds cliché, but it is so true.”
Amelia, of Mascot,in Sydney, is studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) with Swinburne Online, and said the online study concept was a major reason why she was a top performer in her subject.
The 26-year-old was in a rut, unhappy with what she thought was going to be a dream job in the fashion industry, before discovering Swinburne Online.
“Being motivated has helped me be a successful learner,” said Amelia, who will graduate at the end of 2015.
“If you are interested in your course, you are motivated. I get involved in the online discussions and love chatting on the boards and jumping into a collaborate session.
“If I’m unsure, a quick chat on the discussion board or to the eLearning advisor clears things up.
“It’s a friendly environment and helpful to see other students’ questions and responses so you can gauge whereabouts you sit in the class in terms of understanding the topics.
“I’m just so inspired and encouraged by my success so far. Something about Swinburne Online is definitely working well for me.”
It’s never too late or early to make a change, especially if you’re unhappy, Amelia said.
“I feel this is a career path I am genuinely interested in. I thought I was creative, but I realise now I am a logical mind, I needed to do something that matters, not something frivolous,” she said.
“Now I am so glad that I made a change to study Psychology.”
Find out how you can follow your heart to a new career by visiting http://www.swinburneonline.edu.au
* This article was written by an independent journalist as part of a commercial agreement between Fairfax Media and Swinburne Online.