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Sailing into a career in education

When the SS Marconi docked at Port Melbourne many years ago, a 5-year old Max Caruso disembarked with his family. Through VU’s support and encouragement, Max is now the CEO of a training organisation with international ties, and currently completing a Doctor of Education.

"I found school difficult, partly due to language barriers, but I excelled at sports. After struggling with HSC (now VCE), I took a few years off before putting myself through night classes to complete secondary school. I managed to scrape my way into Bachelor of Physical Education at Rusden College – and so began my academic and schooling career.

Midway thtough my teaching career, I completed a Masters Degree – but I wanted more. Mainly, I wanted to pursue a path in leadership. While working at Independent Schools Victoria alongside VU associate professor, Bill Eckersley, I made an off-the-cuff comment about doing so much research into education, that I may as well complete a Doctor of Education. Well, the rest is history. Bill played an instrumental role in getting me to where I am today.

In fact, I have received endless support and encouragement from countless VU staff members, for which I am extremely grateful. I particularly like the way VU caters and cares for diversity, and the rapport that has developed amongst the students.

At this point, I plan to complete my doctoral work, continue my research, and see where my career progresses from here. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I am in my current role due, in large part, to my work at VU."

Courses studied

Doctor of Education (no longer offered). Read more about the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) and the Doctor of Philosophy.

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Max Caruso