“Completing this course definitely prepared me for the workforce. Of course, I also needed to have resilience and know how to lead myself and others, but undertaking the course and learning how to balance a part-time job, studies and a work-life balance are all skills that I use every day in my current role."
"I've gained qualifications, established a great network and discovered an interest in fields that I had not considered previously for a career. Studying has also highlighted a number of strengths and development opportunities for me."
"I had a work placement for 100 hours with local accounting firm Morse Group. Up until that time I wondered if accounting was really for me. Completing this work placement helped me decide this was what I wanted to do."
"The course was incredible useful and applicable and allowed me to further understand the fundamental practices and considerations of business and marketing. Most importantly, it taught me how to take in new information, then express and consider it in a strategic and intelligent way."
CSU graduate Gerard Lang has completed a range of courses through CSU. He enjoyed the flexibility to study while still spending time with his three young children, and the “light-bulb” moments when what he was learning related to his career.
CSU Doctor of Information Technology candidate Orin Thomas talks about how studying online with CSU has removed geographical boundaries, allowing him to learn alongside students from all over the world.
CSU graduate Mahalia Deehan talks about how workplace learning opportunities during her Bachelor of Business (Management) provided a pathway to a job during her studies, and fuelled her passion for working in tourism.
Australian Rugby Union player Nathan Pearce talks about returning to study at Charles Sturt University after many years away, and the flexibility CSU’s Accounting degree provided while he was travelling to play sport.
"CSU was really great at incorporating practical experience in this course. I had three work placements, starting from 35 hours, to 120 hours each. I had some fantastic experiences and also received some glowing references for the future."
"CSU satisfied all my needs because it was famous for Accounting, which was what I wanted to study. I was surprised that CSU provided a course with not only what I wanted, but also other useful subjects that I was interested in."
"CSU and my lecturers have a great understanding of a work / life balance as I have been working with ANZ part-time while I have been studying full-time. While working in my current part-time job it has been easy to make the connections between my degree and my work."
"Doing my MBA has fast-tracked my career by many years. Being a young leader in education, I wanted an MBA to give me an intellectual and strategic edge over older, more experienced staff in order to progress my career."
"I was mainly looking for a course that provided options for career progression. I decided to study a Bachelor of Accounting at CSU as I had received positive feedback from other online students about the course and I was also able to get credit for prior study."
"The Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution has prepared me for a promotion or to move into another field more easily, as dispute resolution is very attractive to most employers. It also provided career opportunities for me personally."
"The course has challenged my thinking and is definitely a step up from an undergraduate program. The workplace-focused assessments have been very practical and allowed me to apply knowledge to a relevant setting, which has been very good."
"CSU has a great reputation, professional accreditation and was recommended by family and friends. Being able to choose my electives meant that I could factor in my interests as well as past and future career goals."
"I recognised that sport only provided a short window of income earning, which motivated me to enrol in accounting at CSU. I was keen to take advantage of the opportunity to put myself in a better place professionally when rugby stopped paying the bills."
"When choosing to study at CSU, the decision was easy. I was able to study at a highly reputable institution, particularly in the areas of business and communication, while staying in my home town of Bathurst."
"The decision to study at CSU was an extremely easy one to make. The University offered all the flexibility required to study while working full-time and travelling overseas. With the ability to fast-track my studies with the three-session timetable, CSU was the obvious choice."
The issues and topics we are learning in class are relevant to the industry today. The importance placed on career management has been highlighted in a few of my recent subjects and this is one very valuable tool regarding the workforce.
I participated in the module Doing Business in China in 2009 and found this a very worthwhile course, which enhanced my understanding of the Chinese culture and cultural concept with the aim of creating a better understanding of how to approach business in China.