I am > 40 years old and have been heavily involved in IT for my adult life. 20-25 years ago I successfully studied 2 years of Information Technology at a polytechnic (I’ve always been good with computers). I have subsequently enjoyed a moderately successful career as a systems administrator.

I am fairly certain I have a mental deficiency with respect of memorizing lots of facts – although in my current profession I have been largely able to compensate for this by having strong working models based on fundamental principles, and – of course – ready access to the Internet to help me over memory related hurdles.

I have a solid understanding (for a lay person) of the basis of law and a fairly analytical mind, and would like to study law part time in New Zealand or Australia – either online or in Auckland.

Is attaining a law degree “down under” with my impediment for recalling facts realistic, or does my difficulty recalling the names and minutia of case law by rote preclude me from completing a degree which would allow me to pass the bar?

I completed my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at a university in Australia four years ago. My bachelor’s degree is in Computing Information Systems (IS) and my master’s degree is in Information Technology (IT), both from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Back home, computer science jobs are widely demanding. I applied to many public and private sector jobs was rejected mainly for the following reasons:

  1. I have a low GPA in my bachelor’s.
  2. IS is unbelievably misperceived as Management Information Systems.
  3. IS is not computer science (very narrow specialisation to the point that it is not computer science anymore).

I know already some may wonder why the description of the units or courses are not reviewed. Unfortunately, this is how many organisations from all backgrounds including technical and research/Academic bases bluntly processing the applications. They pretty much match the words of the degree title with the job description. Yes, it is irrational.

However, I am not saying that I cannot find a job that is related to my academic backgrounds. Currently, I have been working as web developer for the past three years. But my point is that I cannot get a high-salary job because of the degree title as well as my low GPA.

Now I am seriously thinking to do a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the same university, hoping that I receive more than two years of credit exemptions of a three years undergraduate degree. This is because I covered all subjects required in the Computer Science program in my previous studies.

My questions: (1) As in the policy of Australian universities, Is there a way to get higher GPA other than doing another degree? I am asking for Australian universities because I did my two degrees in an Australian University. Also I am assuming that I would get more credit if I go back to the same university.
(2) Since the units of my both degrees cover all units of the undergraduate program of Computer Science, can I argue that my degrees are equivalent to the new degree without further studying?

[My inner voice says this is worth it if I receive that degree with better GPA. If you were living in the same circumstances, what would you do? I would appreciate sharing your opinions and thoughts about my plan].

I completed my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at a university overseas four years ago. My bachelor’s degree is in Computing Information Systems and my master’s degree is in Information Technology, both from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Back home, computer science jobs are widely demanding. I applied to many public and private sector jobs was rejected mainly for the following reasons:

  1. I have a low GPA in my bachelor’s.
  2. IS is unbelievably misperceived as Management Information Systems.
  3. IS is not computer science (very narrow specialisation to the point that it is not computer science anymore).

I know already some may wonder why the description of the units or courses are not reviewed. Unfortunately, this is how many organisations from all backgrounds including technical and research/Academic bases. They pretty much match the words of the degree title with the job description. Yes, it is irrational.

However, I am not saying that I cannot find a job that is related to my academic backgrounds. My point is that I cannot get a high-salary job because of the title of degree as well as my GPA.

Now I am seriously thinking to do a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the same university, hoping that I receive more than two years of credit exemptions. because I covered all subjects required in this program in my previous studies. My inner voice says this is worth it if I receive that degree with a good GPA. But I would appreciate sharing your opinions and thoughts about my plan.

Is there a way to get higher GPA other than doing another degree, as in the policy of Australian universities? If you were living in the same circumstances, what would you do?

In overseas, I completed my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at a university 4 years ago. My bachelor’s degree is in Computing Informtion systems and my master’s degree is in Information Technology both from the Department of Computer Science and Enginnering.

Back home, computer science jobs are widely demanding. I applied to so many places of private and public sectors and I got rejected mainly for the following reasons:
1- I have a low gpa in my bachelor’s.
2- IS unbelievably misperceived as Management Information Systems
3- IS is not computer science (very narrow specialisation to the point that it is not computer science anymore)

I know already some may wonder why the description of the units or courses are not reviewed. Unfortunately, this is how many organisations from all backgrounds including technical and research/Acadmic bases. They pretty much match the words of degree title with the job description. Yes that is irrational.

However, I am not saying that I cannot find a job that is related to my academic backgrounds. My point is that I cannot get jobs with high rate payments because of the title of degree as well as gpa.

Now I am seriously thinking to do a bachelor’s degree in Comouter Science at the same university hoping that I receive more than two years of credit exemptions. Computer science because I covered all subjects required in this program in my previous studies.

My inner voice says this is worth it if I receive that degree with a good gpa. But I would appreciate sharing your opinions and thoughts about my plan.

Edit(2):
Q: Is there a way to get higher gpa other than doing another degree as in the policy of Australia universities?
If you were living in the same circumstances, what would you do?

I am looking for Job change somewhere in Australia, currently working in India!

I have done B.TECH, M.tech and Ph.D. degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering along with 10 years of teaching experience in different position!!

Is there anyone in this community, who have gone through a similar phase?

Any input would be greatly appreciated !! Thanks in advance

I have been offered a temporary (3 years) post doc in Australia with a salary and superannuation.

As an American,

  • Can I access this money? Is there a penalty?
  • Can I transfer it to a tax-advantaged American account?
  • Is it held in an investment vehicle? Can I choose it?
  • If I do not retire in Australia, can I still let it sit in an Australian investment vehicle until I am retirement age and then withdraw from it?

Let me try to be clear with this question to avoid responses that do not help.

I am enrolled on a fully funded PhD in the UK. I also have an industry partner for this which is actually a public body.

I would like to go to Australia for a year as my girlfriend, who is a junior doctor, will be going to work there for a year.

I was wondering if it is a known possibility that I could go out there and do some research/ or work with a relevant public body, that would be a useful addition to my current PhD research.

I have yet to speak to my supervisor about basically putting my PhD time and funding here on freeze, if i was to do this, because i first wanted to find out if i could actually do it/ arrange something out in Australia that would be useful for me academically.

The way i am looking at it, is that it could be an incredible opportunity to gain experience abroad in between completing my PhD and hopefully even work on something that could be put in my thesis without using up my time and funding in the UK. Not to mention for my subject area, Australia is the best in the world.

I hope I have been clear enough but to summarise;

  1. Possible to take a planned ‘break’ during funded PhD to go abroad for an extended period of time (doing something relavent)?
  2. Is it possible to arrange to do research/ work in a university for a year in Australia in something relevant to my field that could contribute to my PhD?

Any ideas you clever people?