Opinion piece by Christopher Hill, Chief Operating Officer, Torrens University Australia
The start of a new year is a time of both reflection and new beginnings – a time when many professionals review their current career trajectory, consider opportunities and options, and begin to lay the foundations for achieving their aims.
For many, this often involves reconnecting with your goals and ambitions – which can all too often be swept aside during the hustle and bustle of the year. It involves considering the level of satisfaction gained from your current role, identifying where you want to go, and mapping how you will reach the end goal.
For some, this may involve focusing on enhancing soft skills or professional development through undertaking a program or course, and for others it may involve taking steps towards a complete career change by re-skilling or up-skilling. The fact is, in the current, constantly evolving business environment, the idea of a job for life is a thing of yesteryear, and the process of truly “realizing your dreams” is an ongoing one.
Today’s choices are broader than ever. New industries which didn’t exist a decade or two ago are blossoming while the sectors where many of our parents found lifelong employment – manufacturing for instance – are evaporating. And in this huge change lies professional opportunity.
Our future lies in expanding our strengths as a smart country – by breaking the mold and doing things differently to how we have done them in the past. Business information research from IBISWorld, for example, highlights online education, digital design and health sectors (amongst others) as key industries for growth and employment opportunities over the next five years.
In an increasingly changing and fluid employment environment, the challenge for professionals – at all levels – is to identify and follow a path that will propel them not only in their current career, but which will assist in building their skills, developing both professionally and personally, and which will open up new opportunities.
On all rungs of the corporate ladder – entry level, middle and top tier – the onus is being placed on the ability to demonstrate global experience paired with strong cross-cultural communication, creative-thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as leadership, self-motivation and a commitment to consistent ups-killing.
Networks have also never been more important – lending themselves to peer-to-peer learning and growth, and opening up opportunities. Consider, for example, LinkedIn – which opens up thousands of prospecting and career opportunities for professionals every year.
For those professionals seeking pathways to realize their dreams, this means identifying ways to stay ahead of the curve – such as undertaking further education. At Torrens University Australia, we are committed to developing and delivering programs designed to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students, in conjunction with industry in emerging and high growth sectors – including Business, Project Management, Education and Public Health – and via flexible formats conducive to fast-paced, busy lifestyles.
Torrens University Australia’s postgraduate program offering includes Masters, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma programs in the fields of Business (including MBA), Global Project Management, Education (Reading & Literacy, and Early Education specializations) and Applied Public Health. From January 2015, hybrid study options (including a mix of on-campus and online learning) are available in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide for select postgraduate programs, while online study is open to students nationally and internationally.