Juggling work and study is no easy feat, but thanks to Victoria University’s (VU) flexible courses, Pawan Seeam still learnt valuable international workplace skills while completing his degree.
The former international student came to Melbourne from Rivière du Rempart, a district in the north-east island of Mauritius, to study a Bachelor of Business with a major in Financial Risk Management.
Now employed as a quality management systems officer at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in Melbourne, Pawan says the VU degree enabled him to work part-time in information technology and as a bartender until he graduated in 2016.
“It wasn’t easy to juggle both in the beginning, but it did help me gain valuable life skills such as time management,” Pawan recalls.
“The support for international students at VU was great, and the flexibility we were given to choose our units and classes really helped ease the challenge of working and studying at the same time.”
Pawan says the high level of analytical, problem-solving and risk management skills he obtained during the degree were instrumental in helping him to forge a career with the RACGP.
“I often have to write business cases for the executives at RACGP to implement quality management systems across the organisation.
Since we had to complete similar projects in the professional development classes, such as coming up with a business idea and preparing a business case to present to the board, it makes my life a lot easier now. Not to forget the public speaking skills those classes helped me refine.
With the support of education agency IDP in Port Louis, Mauritius, Pawan says his path to an international education was stress-free.
“They provided a range of university options to suit my budget, gave me all the course details and career pathways, and helped me to book my International English Language Testing System exam.
“I’d definitely recommend IDP to other Mauritian students.”