Transitioning to graduate studies can be overwhelming for everyone.
Whether you’ve just finished your undergrad or been in the workplace for an extended period of time; whether you’ve been in Melbourne for years or just moved here from interstate or overseas; or even if you’ve been sailing through research for ages but are suddenly having difficulty – everyone struggles sometimes.
Here are 6 tips for getting advice and support on campus.
Get administrative advice from Stop 1
If you’re struggling with your enrolment or university administration, Stop 1 is a great place to start looking for advice.
You can visit Stop 1 in person on our Parkville and Southbank campuses to speak with an adviser, or get advice online with a live chat between 10am and 7pm Monday–Friday.
Stop 1 can also provide directions to other services at the university – so if you’re not sure where to go for help, start at Stop 1.
Level up your academic skills
Many graduate courses ask for very different skillsets to those required at Bachelor’s level.
If you’ve never had to write an essay before, you struggle with public speaking, time management is your kryptonite or English is not your first language, know that you’re not alone.
The Academic Skills team offer a variety of services, both on and offline, which can help you work through the challenges you’re facing:
- Check out their online resources
- View their calendar of upcoming workshops
- Make an appointment to meet with an adviser
Figure out the logistics
From big problems like “How do I actually, physically write my thesis?” to smaller things like software problems, grad students often find that the logistics can cause a real bump in the road.
GSA runs workshops designed to solve those problems, with hands-on training and expert advice. They’re are heavily subsidised for graduate students, with discounts of up to 70% off. Check out our upcoming workshops and pick which ones you need.
And if you’re ever having problems with your computer, our friendly IT Support staff can assist. Visit our IT Support page or ask at Reception.
Get some external motivation
Is procrastination holding you back? External motivation can force you out of it!
Try a Shut Up and Write session: It’s completely free, and no booking is required.
Run by GSA and ResBaz every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Shut Up and Write uses the Pomodoro technique, which alternates focused writing time with designated break times to chat and have a coffee with other students and researchers.
Research students can also apply to join a Thesis Bootcamp: a three-day weekend of intensive writing programs.
Stop freaking out about the future – prepare for it instead
All grad students worry about what comes next, and transitioning from your studies to your dream career never quite works out as you imagined.
GSA’s Mind the Gap series looks at the issues grad students confront when they enter the workforce: negotiating with different generations, ‘managing up’, and figuring out the value of their degree.
If you’re worried about the challenges of networking, coping with life after study, or knowing out what a ‘personal brand’ even is, we’ve got your back.
Look for our Mind the Gap workshops here.
And don’t forget your department!
Making connections is one of the most powerful ways to overcome problems at uni. Many people in your department will be experiencing the same struggles you’re facing. Check your subject handbooks for help, speak with your course coordinator and other university staff to see if anyone can offer more targeted advice, and look for student groups in your department where you can make connections.
GSA has over 90 affiliated Graduate Groups, formed by students just like you. Browse the full list of Graduate Groups here and get in touch.