Double Diploma of Business + Leadership & Management
Engineering Research Specialist
My role involves the project management of research & development projects in the motor insurance industry.
What does your typical study schedule and study environment look like?
I have a 38-hour working week, which is Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.
My study schedule can vary from day to day. However, I am consistent in achieving one hour per day study through the week and two hours per day on the weekend.
The majority of my study is done during my working week (Mon-Fri) in the morning before work. I either get to work early and study for an hour at my desk, or I will study on the train to and from work on days I work in the city.
On the weekend, I get up early before my family wake up and study for around two hours each day.
My typical day looks like:
6:30-7:15am: Travel to work
4:30-6:00pm: Travel home
6:00-9:00pm: Family time
9:00pm: Sleep, and then repeat!
What have you learnt from your studies that you have already applied to your workplace or life?
Time management would be the most valuable aspect that I have transferred, as it helps me for study, work and my personal life. I have learnt so many valuable skills from this course that I have transferred into my workplace including:
- Time Management
- Goal Setting
- Document Writing (Reports, Policies, frameworks)
- Project Management
- Work Plans
- Effective communication
- Team work and collaboration
Did you have any struggles with balancing study and work? How did you overcome them?
Mid-2018 I celebrated the birth of my second child and balancing work/study/family life became a big-time struggle.
“I used the time management skills and techniques learnt from CAL to improve balancing work and study.”
I came to realise whether I had 20 minutes every now and then, or 1 hour to study, it was the quality of that time spent that mattered. Setting myself goals and expectations within that time helped me a lot.
How did you approach CAL coursework?
I am mostly a pencil and paper person, so I write down most of my schedule, to do lists and thoughts. Recently, I discovered the dictation feature in MS Word and it has changed my world! I am an incredibly slow two-finger typist, so now I can just talk to the computer and it types for me.
My routine to approach CAL work is not very special; watch the tutorials and do the activities, complete the quiz and then work through the assessments. Basic, but it works!
How did the coaching support your learning journey?
The access that we have to the coaches at CAL is amazing. I have studied online elsewhere in the past and received nowhere near the support I get from CAL. They are super supportive, knowledgeable and easily accessible. I use the help of the coaches for assessment feedback or if I am stuck or confused with something.
What is your top actionable study tip?
My tip is to schedule shorter time blocks into the day to study, usually around 1-2hrs. This creates a constraint and a sense of urgency to achieve something and not procrastinate.
Set measurable goals to achieve within this allocated study time. I find with setting goals for that allocated time-frame I have an expectation and a finish line to aim for.