Megan Ward was an Energy Policy Officer with the ACT Government when she heard about the Master of Energy Change program. She outlines her perspectives below:
“The Master of Energy Change (MEC) just seemed like a great fit with what I was doing. The issues affecting energy policy are highly complex and the MEC recognises this—drawing on law, economics, policy, engineering and beyond. Policy Officers like me need to be equipped with that sort of breadth. Most courses are very flexible in terms of projects, so you can choose what’s interesting and relevant to you and concentrate on that in assignments.
Personally, I have focused on issues that we don’t have the time or resources to devote ourselves to in detail at work. For example I focussed on battery storage – the costs, the benefits, how to apply it in Canberra. But in fact it’s work that’s now informing how we’re looking at things—and I’ve recently taken on the temporary role of Manager, Solar Storage Policy. I really believe that without the work undertaken as part of the MEC, I wouldn’t have the knowledge to do this role. It’s a concrete example of career progression.
I’ve also learnt a lot from the other students. There’s a huge diversity in students’ backgrounds and we’re all facing different problems. It adds another dimension that I’m really interested in. At the same time there’s a lot of focus on applying learnings in the ACT.
I’m doing the MEC part-time in conjunction with my job and I’m finding the programme very flexible. I’m doing it partly during semesters and partly as intensive short courses – everyone at ANU has been very accommodating.
My only concern before starting the MEC was that it would be very focused on technical issues facing energy change. In fact, while there’s definitely the opportunity to concentrate on the technical side of things, there is also an opportunity to integrate this learning across sectors and focus on the bigger picture. All subjects have been targeting real world issues and providing a range of solutions to address the underlying change, without getting pigeon-holed into one direction.”
The energy sector is on the precipice of change—and there are exciting opportunities for people who understand the range of issues impacting the sector, and its complex relationship with the built, human and natural environments. This course really gives you the breadth and understanding to make that happen. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the future of energy.”