For many international students, the ultimate goal of study in Australia is to secure permanent residency and enjoy Australia’s excellent job prospects.
With Australia’s shortage of skilled workers in industries such as engineering, health and education, graduates with qualifications that match the Government’s Skilled Occupation List have good prospects for employment in Australia.
Turkish graduate Ozge Kesre is someone who has achieved this goal, turning her postgraduate Engineering degree from Macquarie into a role in the Sydney office of Swiss-based instrumentation company Endress+Hauser.
As a Project Coordinator with the company, which operates in 42 countries, Ozge works with internal and external stakeholders to initiate and administer major projects.
Ozge says Macquarie’s postgraduate engineering programs are excellent for engineers who possess good engineering knowledge but are perhaps lacking in other business and people skills required to progress at an engineering firm.
“It was great to learn how to be good at marketing, advertising, accounting and cross-cultural communication,” she says.
She adds that the University’s excellent internship programs put her ahead of the pack when it came time to find a job in Sydney.
“The hardest thing about finding work in Australia can be gaining references and local work experience,” she notes. “Macquarie provided these to me as part of my education.”
“The teachers were also very helpful in helping me prepare my CV and providing references.”
Whilst she didn’t secure a role immediately after graduation, Ozge made the most of casual employment whilst hunting for a permanent role.
“My casual roles helped me develop communication skills and learn more about Australian culture,” she recalls.
Her English skills also got a significant boost at Macquarie.
“Studying alongside native speakers motivates you to communicate and improve your English,” she notes. “And if you don’t feel comfortable with your English, you can practice with other international students.”
Macquarie’s new Master of Engineering Management degree offers an accelerated pathway into engineering management for professional engineers. The program includes units taught in the highly-regarded Macquarie Graduate School of Management.