My journey from undergrad to postgrad from Health Science to Primary Teaching with Shae Haney

My journey from undergrad to postgrad from Health Science to Primary Teaching with Shae Haney

In the lead up to the Postgraduate Expo events in Bundoora, Bendigo and Melbourne CBD MyLaTrobe spoke to some students who have made the transition from Undergraduate to Postgraduate at La Trobe. Shae Haney studies at the Melbourne Campus in Bundoora, after completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences she signed up for a Masters of Primary Teaching.

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It was easy to apply with La Trobe as I was already in their system from my undergrad. If I was to apply with a different Uni I would have had to have gone through VTAC.

Why did you decide to go straight into postgraduate studies after completing your undergraduate studies? 

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I thought if I took a break from study I would never go back. 

Where did you find the information about your postgrad course before you applied to attend a La Trobe postgraduate study expo?  

I found most of my information online, in the Masters of Primary Teaching Handbook. I also was in contact with the subject coordinator via email, and she was able to answer all my questions. 

If you can, go straight into it. That way you are in the ‘study’ routine and will still be able to work part time or casually in your undergrad field. 

What were the factors that led you to apply again at La Trobe? How do you feel La Trobe differs from other universities? 

It was easy to apply with La Trobe as I was already in their system from my undergrad. If I was to apply with a different Uni I would have had to have gone through VTAC. I feel that the teaching staff at La Trobe care for their students and actually want to get to know them – building that rapport. 

Do you have any advice or tips for other students considering moving straight into postgrad from undergrad studies? 

If you can, go straight into it. That way you are in the ‘study’ routine and will still be able to work part time or casually in your undergrad field. 

What do you love about La Trobe? 

I really love that the teachers genuinely care about you. I have been able to build relationships with my teachers, and still keep in contact with them. 

Do you utilise any of the University’s Careers services or programs? 

I haven’t yet, but I will soon when I need to freshen up my resume and will start to apply for jobs.

What do you hope your future career will look like?

I  hope to get a Graduate Job as a teacher next year, and in the long run work my way up to a leadership position in a school. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share? 

If you have the opportunity to complete an internship or study abroad do it. It will has by far been the best part of my studies.

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