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Jutta May
Master of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management)

Jutta May"After 25 years of professional practice, I was looking to refresh my theoretical knowledge and experience and Charles Sturt University (CSU) provided me with this opportunity. The course had recognised credentials and was affiliated with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and other professional organisations. CSU also provided a vision for me to connect past experiences with my future study plans. Further, I found the entry options attractive and flexible.

"I currently live in Noumea, New Caledonia. I am working part-time in an information and knowledge management role. I am fortunate and grateful that my employer supports my studies. The course has provided an excellent opportunity for me to gain experience and confidence during online discussions, group work and other creative tasks. It has also reconfirmed that I can work across various fields and sectors. The course has helped me realise numerous opportunities for self-initiated professional development. In times of limited public funds for information services such as libraries, self-motivated professional development is essential to sustain employability. Additionally, the course has introduced the idea of continuing studies over time, which hopefully I can do in the future.

"Fitting study into my life has meant that I have had to reprioritise my social commitments, but once I finish, this will change. My home commitments have also been reduced to a minimum, thanks to an extremely supportive family environment. The flexibility of studying online has given me several advantages - as an overseas student, it has allowed me access to the course and I am able to study and manage my daily routines, commitments at work and at home. I have also received guidance from the Academic Literacy, Learning, and Numeracy (ALLaN) Team, Librarians and the student counselling service.  The supportive CSU environment has provided me with practical assistance, learning advice and motivating engagement on different occasions.

"I had two subjects which involved a workplace professional experience, namely a study visit and a professional placement. Both of these were great opportunities to connect with fellow students, lecturers, and colleagues from different information agencies. The study visit enabled insight and discussion into good practice, trends, innovation and every day routines. The professional placement allowed learning, discussion and working with different information professionals. The study visits have been my most memorable CSU experience so far and provided me with fantastic opportunities. I also found the learnings during INF406 Information Sources and Services to have a remarkable and lasting experience. Passionate teaching and lively discussions during regular online sessions were very engaging and the assignment tasks had dimensions of practice and theory combined.

"Once I complete this course, I hope to return to CSU at different times to refresh my knowledge. This is essential for information professionals, and the CSU experience was very positive and motivating for me to continue this approach.

"To anyone considering studying at CSU, go for it!  It is an amazingly supportive and sophisticated environment, where fabulous people care and help you.  The online environment works well and the learning is super fun!"