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Meet our students: Tara

Tara Lian


After studying an undergraduate in Ecology and working for an investment bank for almost a decade, Tara Lian wanted to turn her focus to the world of data. The Graduate Diploma in Data Science with Monash Online was just the course she needed to kick start her career goal as a Data Scientist.

Read on to find out more about Tara’s experience studying with Monash Online.

Why did you choose to Study with Monash Online?

I wanted to study online because my work and family commitments are such that I would not have been able to attend lectures on campus. Because Monash has such a good reputation I was very happy to discover that they offer an online course in data science.


What do you enjoy most about the Graduate Diploma of Data Science?

The course has been amazing. I have learned so much more than I ever imagined and it has truly opened up a new world of possibilities for me. I have learned new programming languages, some statistics and have been introduced to loads of new software.


What has surprised you about online study?

Although I have never met any of the other students in person, I feel like I know many of them very well through working on group assignments together. It has been great to get to know them ‘virtually’. If you are thinking about studying online to give your career a boost, or just to learn something new, I would highly recommend it!

It’s a lot of really hard work, but the rewards in terms of knowledge gain and future employment potential are well worth the effort. Plus there are plenty of programs that Monash University offer that are available to online students, such as Career Success Coaching program for final year students.


What do you hope to do once you’ve graduated?

When I graduate I hope to find a position where I can utilise the knowledge and skills that I have learned throughout the course. Data Science is becoming more popular in the workforce, and I am confident that I am well equipped to begin working as a Data Scientist – and really looking forward to it!

Learn more about the Graduate Diploma of Data Science.