Post # 1
My SO is in the Air Force and he got his orders. It turns out we’re moving to Australia! It wasn’t on our list to choose from, but he got a call and was offered the position. As incredibly exciting this adventure sounds, we are going to be there for 3 years. I am 25 and I feel I don’t have much to show for it.. I’ve been a registered dental assistant for the past 4 years and I have no idea what I’m going to do over there… My SO has brought up maybe getting a degree online ( I still don’t have a bachelors) so the additional schooling I have done in the past couple of years doesn’t go to waste. I really think I’d like to get into the medical field, maybe nursing.
I’m just worried about the next 3 years of our lives.. I think we’ll have fun over there, but I don’t want to come back to the U.S.at 28 and be a nobody 😕
Do you bees think I’m worrying about nothing? Should I just enjoy time over there and worry about school when we get back? Or should I look into an online degree of some sort?
Post # 2
Well, what do you want to do with your life? Do you have a career path that you would like to travel down, or are you ho-hum about having a career? Can you afford to just sit on your laurels and “enjoy time over there”? If you are really interested in the medical field, you should do something that advances that while you are in AUS, although I’m not sure how to get involved without a work visa. Perhaps you could work on the base at which your SO is station? Or at the very least, volunteering in the medical field (if you are able to not work, or work in addition to volunteering) so that you have something to show for your time there as a way to go further in your medical field.
Also: freaking woooooooot for Australia! It has been a dream of mine to go for as long as I can remember!
Post # 3
ggirl91 : I don’t know much about online courses, however if you are interested in nursing, there are many options including TAFE (for enrolled nursing), bachelor and masters degrees for registered nursing.
I know a few people who have studied for their EN degree and worked as an EN whilst studying for their RN a qualification. Perhaps that might be an option if you were to end up staying longer?
Whereabouts in Australia would you be moving to?
Post # 4
Why not see if you can enroll on a degree course there? It doesn’t have to be online. Where in Australia are you moving to?
Post # 5
ggirl91 : Even as a full fee paying overseas student (most universities here have spaces specifically allocated to this market) it will probably be cheaper to study here than through the US system inregards to the same level of educational standard. That said you would need a student visa in order to enrol.
Online studies here can be similar depending on the institution as some even though online have an on-campus component (for example one week out of the semester). So it would be best to check with the education provider.
Some universities have linked with a provider called open universities australia to provide online undergraduate degrees and other unis provide the service themselves (like swinburne). Just remember that our school year run on the calendar year (feb/march to oct/nov) and there are cut off dates to apply but some online course allow you to start anytime whilst others stick to three semesters a year (as do some unis) so have application dates.
I am assuming you will be unable to work due to visa restrictions so I think pursuing education would be a good opportunity.
I think you need to do a bit of research because some visas will not allow you to study here but you can still study online through a provider in your home country.
Post # 6
Thank you for all of your advice so far! I know I still have a lot researching to do. I guess it just depends on the program, but I would hate to get a degree online and it not count for anything since it was online? That is just an irrational fear I have. I think the volunteering would be a great opportunity if I could get into it. We’re moving to Alice Springs.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2017 - Northern Territory, Australia
ggirl91 : Welcome (almost!) to not only Aus but to the Top End! I’m in Darwin and head down to Alice every once and a while.
The experience is going to be so different for you but it will be one, that if you go into openly, can be amazing. I have never been to California but there are experiences in Alice that are unique to Alice and not Aus. Happy for you to private message me if you would like.
I know that many institutions in Australia have international students and you can study from a University over here. The only University in Alice is CDU (great for Med students!) but it is isolated – the plus is that it has courses that you can do entirely online. There are many other Universities that offer online courses too. I know many people that have completed online degrees over here and if you go to a reputable Uni then you get a degree that is worth more than the paper it’s written on. If you want some ‘local’ advice on a particular Uni I am more than happy to assist!
Post # 8
If you do intend on doing a course then make sure it is transferable back to the states. My pharmacist degree from the US transferred over but I had to do a few exams and an internship even though the us degree is a doctorate and in oz is a bachelors degree. Alice springs is really hot! Don’t bother with winter clothes 🙂
Post # 9
Twty6 : it can get freezing at night though!
Alice is going to be such a change from California! If you able to work there is always a need for health workers in rural Australia.
Post # 10
I don’t know much about online degrees, however I can offer some advice based on experience and living away from family. (Aussie bee here by the way)
No doubt you know abit about Alice Springs already and understand it is in a very remote location. California and Alice are literally and culturally worlds apart. Since you are going to be here for 3 years and would like to study, I think you would be better off studying at a University rather than online. That way you can socialise and get to meet people and hopefully form some new friendships. Placements would have already gone out for 2017 courses as our academic year begins end of February. So don’t waste anytime in applying and get onto it asap.
Also make sure your drivers licence is valid to drive in Australia. You will need it to get around easily.
Goodluck with your new venture!
Post # 11
I would be very wary of those online only for profit schools. Either look into enrolling through Australia’s university program and do it in person or find schools in California before you leave that offer lots of online courses (i.e. not an online school, just their regular curriculum in an online format). My university For example is part of the state school system but caters to returning/ non-traditional/ working students and offers lots of online or significantly reduced in person time, so they exist if you look hard enough. For nursing it may be hard because there is a significant in person hands on component, but you probably could get all of the prerequisites out of the way online.