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Studying Project Management

Businesses take on new challenges or make changes all the time. For example, a supermarket company may want to introduce a new logistics and inventory system or a coffee chain, a new loyalty programme. It is difficult for regular staff to take time out to plan and implement these projects in addition to their regular duties. This is where project management professionals step in.

They manage teams of professionals from diverse professional backgrounds and skill sets and ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Studying project management will enhance your time management, interpersonal, communication, time management, planning and IT skills.

Australian universities deliver well-organised, industry-relevant programmes that are valued by employers. In fact, most of the programmes are embedded with a work experience option which involves either undertaking a work placement or completing a suitable project at an external organisation or company.

Most of Australia’s 37 universities offer programmes in project management.

Some of the universities where you could study are:

  • Bond
  • Monash University
  • QUT
  • LaTrobe
  • Griffith University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • RMIT University

Salary and Career Prospects

Project management professionals are needed by virtually every company in every sector, including IT and tech (Microsoft, Apple), retail and hospitality (Marriott, Woolworth), banks (ANZ), pharmaceutical companies (Johnson & Johnson) and the government.

Some of the roles graduates take up are: Project Management Specialist, Project Manager, Projects Group Leader, Associate Project Manager, Project Administrator and Senior Project Manager.

Salaries vary depending on qualifications, job role, location and experience. As a guide, project management professionals earn aroundan average of $120,000 a year (82.3 lakhs INR approx).

Why Study in Australia?

Australia has cemented its place as one of the best study destinations for international students. There are 37 universities in Australia; with 7 featuring in top 100 and 15 in top 250 in QS World Rankings 2019.

Tourism, financial services, education, mining and agriculture are the largest sectors in Australia. Prominent IT and technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, in addition to home-grown brands like Atlassian, Gridware, Aconex operate in Australia. Cities of Melbourne and Sydney have a thriving start-up and innovation landscape.

Australians enjoy year-round good weather, high salaries, access to spectacular beaches and a healthy work-life balance. The country is vast and beautiful and has something to offer for everybody, be that opera, music concerts, films, outdoor activities or beaches and surfing.

International graduates are typically offered post-study work visas of up to 3 years upon graduation.

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