Student Q&A: Paige Sawatzky
Business Faculty Student - Business Administration
Administration & Business
Paige Sawatsky studied Business Administration with Upskilled because she was ready for a change career-wise. Working as a hairdresser, she had a demanding schedule to keep up with and she wanted a job that kept her weekends free. Paige also had the intention of working in a career where she was still able to interact with people and develop useful transferable skills, making business administration a favourable career pathway to pursue.
In this Q&A, Paige shares how this qualification has helped her professionally, her experience with online learning and advice to those thinking about studying this qualification.
What was your motivation behind studying Business Administration?
I was craving a change, something different from my previous career, but also something that would be useful in any future roles. I’ve always been interested in computer work, and have a natural knack for English and communication. I thought I would study Business Administration to build on my existing interests and skills.
You previously dabbled in hairdressing and sales. What interested you in pursuing a career in business administration?
The schedule of a hairdresser is very demanding, working a lot of evenings and weekends. I wanted to pursue a career in a field with a Monday to Friday type roster, while still being social at work and interacting with people.
How has this course helped you professionally?
This course has given me the confidence and skills to communicate in a corporate setting and how to professionally lead and work well in a team. It has given me the initial experience to apply for Business Administration roles beyond what any of my previous work experience has given me.
Throughout your studies, what level of support did you receive from your trainer?
I received an immense level of support. That was one of the most stand-out qualities of doing my education through Upskilled; my trainer, Christine O'Brien, was very attentive, always quick to respond, and very knowledgeable in her field. It gave me confidence in my own personal training and in the organisation itself.
What would you say are the benefits of studying online?
Studying online allowed me the opportunity to enjoy a work-study-life balance that simply wouldn’t have been possible for me with an on-campus or in-class type of studying.
Why did you choose to study with Upskilled?
Upskilled had good reviews online and was offering the course that I needed at a time that worked for me.
Any advice you'd like to share for those thinking about studying the course?
My only advice would be to keep on moving through the course materials! There were days when I was tired or distracted, but I never regretted sitting down at my desk. Before I knew it, hours had passed, and I made tons of progress. Opening up the laptop was the hardest part. Also, definitely lean on your trainer when you’re lost or need help. They’re amazing!
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Upskilled's certificate-level qualification in Business Administration is a nationally-recognised qualification that can equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue career pathways such as office administrator or project assistant.
Throughout your studies, you'll learn how to write complex documents, provide personal leadership and manage personal work priorities. If you're interested in studying this course, get in touch with the Upskilled team on 1300 009 924 and enquire today!