The beauty of the course was that it really tied into what I was doing in my work… and that’s result...
Master of Management in Community and Not-for-Profit Management
“Studying at UTS has given me a very theoretical background. I’ve been doing social work for twelve years, community development, direct social welfare components for schools and stuff like that, but it’s given me a very theoretical background to my practical knowledge, and taught me how to validate information, to give it depth and breadth rather than just saying “This is what I think”.
I conducted a research project based around Aboriginal service delivery in the northern Sydney region, involving talking to the community and organisations and discussing different approaches to service delivery; what was working and what wasn’t, and coming up with some strategies to move forward, regarding how best to provide those services and how the Aboriginal community wanted those services delivered. The beauty of the course was that it really tied into what I was doing in my work at Hornsby Shire Council; it assisted me to be able to do my job better, and that’s resulted in better outcomes for clients.
In my work I’ve worked with four different people from the UTS community graduate program, and it’s been really good because there’s that similar way of thinking, that similar understanding of what we’re trying to achieve, through the knowledge that we’ve gained from people like Bronwen Dalton and Jenny Green, who are very, very good at what they do – they’ve been able to pass on that knowledge in a practical way, such that we can implement it, and you can see it.
The most rewarding part of my degree has been achieving it. Working full time with a family and a mortgage and that type of stuff, the support that UTS gave me to be able to achieve that was just fantastic.”