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Amy Mayer FGIA FCG, Associate Director at KPMG Australia is sharing her experience in studying the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management with Governance Institute.

How has studying the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management helped you in your career?

Studying the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management has given me the confidence to take a step forward in my career knowing I have a good grasp on the best practice.

How important are the globally recognised credentials of the course?

Initially I was looking for a course that had the chartered secretary designation. It is a great qualification to have in the marketplace with small and large companies requiring corporate governance expertise and with the rise of ESG even more so. Having the credentials globally recognised is great.

What were your motivations/drivers for studying Governance Institutes Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management? Why did you choose Governance Institute?

I chose the Governance Institute because it is seen as a leader in providing applied courses with industry alignment.

My study with the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management was focused on corporate governance giving a very solid practical grounding in the Corporations Act, finance for decision making, compliance, risk management and strategy.

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management teaches more from the perspective of advising the board rather than being a board member which was very complementary.

What was your experience with online learning? How did you manage to study between work and personal life?

I started the course face to face attending in person after work or on the weekend. I really enjoyed discussing the material and learning from the other students and meeting like-minded professionals who I continue to catch up with. I was nervous about moving to online when COVID happened. But I didn’t really have any choice, so I embraced it.

At times I found it challenging to balance study, work, and personal commitments particularly balancing full-time work. This was especially so during busy times at work and around submission due dates. I managed by being kind to myself and realistic about what I could and couldn’t manage. I am also a perfectionist which often gets in the way of just getting the job done. So, I carved time out on the weekends and focused on completing one submission at a time and one unit at a time. Sure enough, slowly and steadily the whole course was achieved. I also really enjoyed each of the units which helped me to keep my motivation high. I have a wonderfully supportive husband who often made dinner for me and brought me a glass of wine in the evening while I was working through.

The benefits of online learning? What surprised you most?

I was surprised about how well I learned online. I am still a bit of a hard copy, face-to-face person although more and more these days I am paper free. The course materials are fantastic and supported my learning. Having recordings of the lectures and discussion sessions also helped so I could catch up another time when things weren’t aligned to my local time zone.

Do you see this as a future career investment or are you using the learnings immediately?

Absolutely an investment in both my current and future career. I have benefited to date and am confident my learning will continue to benefit both my clients and me personally into the future.

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