Gearing up for a career change

A Double Majors Degree at Murdoch University helps this 38-year-old switch careers.

Mr Allan Ho Jian Zhang has always been a people person. He spent 12 years in industries spanning finance, retail, sales, administration, customer service and hospitality, but his job roles in different sectors mainly involved communicating and dealing with people.

In 2016, the 35-year-old decided to make a career shift to focus on the field of human resources. With that in mind, he applied for a Bachelor’s Degree programme.

“I wanted to pick up new knowledge and skills to gear myself up for a career change. I think that getting myself a qualification in human resource, which is an area of interest, will provide me with more career opportunities.”

Equipped with a diploma in business administration specialising in human resource management which he pursued while working full-time in 2010 — Mr Ho chose Murdoch University for his tertiary education.

“Murdoch University’s international reputation for quality teaching and research and being a university recognised by the Australian government were some of the reasons for choosing the university to further my studies.”

Double majors, double the benefits

Mr Ho pursued a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management and Management, a double major degree programme offered by the Australian university at Kaplan.

The programme is designed to help students gain the know-how in building relationships with people within the setting of an organisation, understanding and exploring employment policies as well as the different aspects of human resource management.

Mr Ho graduated with flying colours in 2018 — he received the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence Award, which is bestowed on the top two per cent of students in the cohort. He switched careers and is now a Human Resource Executive in the hospitality industry.

“I would recommend Murdoch University to others because of the high-quality and industry-relevant degrees that it offers, which successfully helped me to gear myself up for a career change,” he shares.

Choosing a Bachelor’s Degree with two specialisations also stretched him more. “As a human resource executive, I get to influence and change lives positively,” he says. “My Double Majors Degree taught me to look at the bigger picture and think deeper.”

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Article by: Cabotaje.

Source: The New Paper dated: 31 July 2019
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