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Studying in Canberra is an excellent way to advance your career, whether you plan to stay in Australia, move back to your home country, or go somewhere else entirely.
Canberra has recently been designated a regional city. This is important for international students as it means that those who have graduated with at least a bachelor's degree are eligible to remain in Australia for an additional year on a special post-study work visa.
There are several key industries in which workers are in high demand. If you're thinking of making Canberra your home, consider a study choice that gives you an above-average chance of finding work.
Information Technology (IT)
Demand for IT professionals never seems to slow down. As an IT professional, your career pathway is wide open. IT professionals work as website developers, app developers, software engineers, system designers and much more. As the industry continues to grow, new fields in the technology industry require graduates with specialised skills. Think cloud computing, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things – all fields that have only come to the forefront of technology in the last few decades.
As digitisation rapidly changes the world around us, IT professionals continue to play a key role in this transition. UC’s range of IT degrees will open doors for you, both in Canberra and globally.
Courses like the Master of Data Science and Master of Information Technology and Systems will offer not only the fundamental skills you will require for a successful career in IT, but the opportunity to specialise in a range of fields, future-proofing your career.
In business, your career pathway can go in many different directions. From sales, marketing, or project management, to finance or PR, there is demand for qualified graduates in a number of different business professions
The perfect way to prepare yourself for a career in business, across any of these varying fields, is a Master of Business Administration (MBA). With an MBA, you will undertake a real-world research project, which will allow you to better understand and explore the business specialisations available to you in your future career.
Much like business, careers in communications are vast and varied. Every industry around the world requires qualified people to work in communications, so careers are always in demand. A Master of Communication is the ideal postgraduate course to continue to hone and develop your skills as a communications professional.
The healthcare sector is one of the fastest growing in Australia. There are a range of ways you can enter this thriving sector, with roles to suit your career goals and passions.
For example, a Bachelor of Nursing will allow you to work across a wide range of areas, including private nursing homes, hospitals, and rural and regional healthcare settings. Nurses are in high demand across Australia, so you'll have no trouble finding work once you graduate.
Alternatively, there are roles in allied health. This encompasses health professions that do not form part of the medical, dental or nursing professions, such as physiotherapy, speech pathology and pharmacy. With specialised skills and unique expertise, allied health professionals are always in demand. As a small example, if you want to transform the lives of those in need, then a Master of Occupational Therapy is the perfect course for you. Or, start a global career with a Master of Medical Imaging.
Building and Construction Management
Ready to literally build the world’s future? Working in architecture or building and construction means you are transforming the environment in which we live. By 2026, the Australian Government’s Labour Market Insights projects a 16.8% growth in demand for Architects and 10.2% growth in demand for Construction Managers.
Careers in these fields require very high skill levels, so it’s important to have the right qualifications. Postgraduate degrees such as a Master of Architecture and Master of Building & Construction Information Management are great ways to develop your expertise.
For the creatively inclined, there’s no shortage of opportunities. The creative industry includes film, visual arts, creative writing and design. As life returns to normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts provide a way for communities to reflect on the experience and to heal. Canberra has a thriving arts scene and as such, creative industry graduates are in high demand.
With this ever-increasing creative community, completing a Master of Creative Industries is a great way to stand out when looking for jobs. That way, you can expand your knowledge while building your invaluable professional network.
Why choose Canberra?
Canberra is one of Australia's hidden gems. Progressive, clean and safe, it's a great city for students. It's bike-friendly and has easy access to nature and is home to some of Australia's best art galleries.
Australia’s higher education system and work culture are highly regarded worldwide. Gaining work experience in Australia will look great on your CV and open doors for you around the world.
Living and studying in Canberra is an excellent choice for those wanting a relaxing international study experience.
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