When and where did you do your MBA?
I commenced my MBA at Monash Uni
versity in July 2007.
Part-time or full-time?
I took a six-month career break and
commenced my MBA full-time to both
gain some momentum and re-establish
my studying skill set. I have continued
the MBA part-time while working and
have completed 13 of the 16 units. I will
finish the program in June 2010.
Why an MBA?
As a senior HR executive and member
of the leadership team at both my cur
rent and previous organisations (I was
GM HR for Colonial First State Property
Management prior to commencing my
MBA), I wanted to improve my com
mercial skill set. As my career has pro
gressed through tactical to senior HR
roles, I found myself working increas
ingly outside of my functional area and
focussing on business and commercial
strategy. I consequently wanted to
develop broader business and financial
skills to effectively meet this requirement.
How did the MBA help your career as a
It has made me more effective in my
role on the CUB leadership team. Hav
ing a stronger understanding of com
mercial concepts, better analytical
capability and a broader financial lan
guage has allowed me to contribute to
the strategic agenda outside of my func
tional discipline. Having an MBA is also
a point of difference as an HR practi
tioner and was certainly beneficial in
helping me secure my current role.
What advice would you give to someone
who is thinking about pursuing a mas
Embark on the program when you have
the personal and professional capacity
to undertake the significant workload
required of an MBA student. The course
requires extensive reading, group work
and assignment and exam preparation,
so it is critical that these commitments
can be met to extract full value from
What was the greatest challenge you encountered while carrying out
your study for the MBA?
The greatest challenge undoubtedly
has been juggling study commitments
with those of my family (I have three
children) and career. Being able to
commence the program full time
proved highly advantageous in that it
allowed me to develop an under
standing of the Monash system,
adjust to becoming a student again
and complete some of the more chal
lenging subjects without managing
competing work demands.
Any other comments?
The MBA provides a fantastic oppor
tunity to network with other students
from different industries, professions
and countries. Immersing myself into
the MBA student community has been
highly beneficial and has enriched the
MBA experience. Not only have I learnt
extensively from working with other
students, but I have broadened my pro