Julia, a current Master of Business Psychology student, is not new to study having completed both a Bachelor of Psychology and a Graduate Certificate. After completing her undergraduate studies, Julia felt driven to gain advanced academic and theoretical understanding as well as practical experience. In 2018, after several years in the community services sector, she decided to undertake the Master of Business Psychology.

When asked what drew her specifically to the degree, it was focusing in on workplace culture.

“I have always been interested in workplace wellbeing. We spend so much of our waking lives at work, it is worth putting in the effort and expertise to make this a positive experience! I believe that employees whose satisfaction and wellbeing are supported will perform better in their roles, ultimately benefitting their organisation as well as themselves.”

Julia is currently on the cusp of graduating and is working in community mental health through a Newcastle-based organisation.

“I find my work in this sector extremely rewarding, and I enjoy applying the knowledge I have gained through my studies to better support our amazing team of staff, who make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

While studying her masters, Julia discovered that the degree would provide her with growth options in her current role, as well as possibly opening doors to other avenues.

“The Master of Business Psychology prepares students to undertake a variety of roles within a number of different sectors such as human resources, management, recruitment, learning and development, and change management.

I gained a better understanding of business structures and systems, human resources, employee wellbeing and development, recruitment and selection, organisational development – to name a few!”

Undertaking full-time work and study was going to be a challenge, but Julia found that firm boundaries enabled her to achieve a work-life balance.

“My top tips would be to plan ahead and carve out time for those periods where either study or work need to take priority. I also think being able to mentally separate your work life and study life is important for wellbeing.”

Despite the challenge, Julia knew that there would be real benefits, “I found the ability to reflect on my real-world workplace experiences extremely valuable for understanding the coursework and was able to apply my learning on the job in real time.”

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Julia Koller-Smith

After completing her undergraduate studies, Julia felt driven to gain advanced academic and theoretical understanding as well. In 2018, after several years in the community services sector, she decided to undertake the Master of Business Psychology.

I found the ability to reflect on my real-world workplace experiences extremely valuable for understanding the coursework and was able to apply my learning on the job in real time.