Alumni reap benefits of well-ranked School

In 2016 MGSM was once again ranked the number one School in Australia by the Financial Times world MBA ranking. The School is one of only three Australian business schools to make the prestigious top 100.

The news was welcomed by MGSM’s alumni community who have expressed their pride in the great result.

Alumni reap benefits of well-ranked SchoolDirector Alumni and Corporate Relations, Jane Ferguson said: “The alumni are proud to see the degree they worked hard to earn recognised on the global stage.

“Our alumni tell me time and time again how their MBA has helped them progress in their career, and with the School’s ranking going from strength to strength, they are pleased to see their investment is continuing to grow in value.

As MGSM alumni, Matthew O’Donnell, a Vice President with Credit Suisse Private Banking, explains: “An MBA is a long-term investment in oneself, and the FT ranking is the currency which highlights the quality and standing of that investment.”

Alumni, Simon Abela, who is currently the Managing Director at CS Technology agrees and expresses his thoughts in a recent article published on LinkedIn, called An Alternative Asset Class – The Australian MBA. He believes that the recent FT Rankings reveal “a clear trend showing that the investment in an MBA is providing an impressive return”.

Bronwyn Pott, an alumni who runs her own consultancy, also highlights the return on a well-ranked MBA for each individual. She said: “While we all know that an MBA recognised around the world adds value to the School and the alumni community as a whole, it also directly adds value to my CV, personal
brand and reputation – and reputation is the way we set ourselves apart in business.”

A great reputation and a lot of hard work is exactly what has helped so many of MGSM’s successful alumni advance in their career.

Matthew O’Donnell said: “Without a doubt my MBA helped me secure my role at Credit Suisse. In the competitive financial industry, the MGSM MBA has been a differentiator, recognised by my employers as a rigorous and sophisticated course.”

Prior to the MBA Simon Abela worked in internal IT roles and since studying has progressed into leadership. He said: “The MBA gave me a broad understanding of different disciplines, such as marketing, operations, finance and softer skills, including organisational behaviour and HR. This exposure,
in areas that I had no direct work experience in, gave me the confidence to take on the role I am in now.”

Similarly, Chris Diffley, who now leads a team of more than 90 in his current role as Manager Networks and Security at Optus, found the MBA helped his career progress. He commented: “I think an MBA gives you two main things - the confidence to walk into
a meeting and know that you can get the result you need, and the ability to figure out who you are.

“Of course, there is also the network,” he adds, “which, for me, has provided both a direct and indirect way to advance my career.”

Bronwyn believes the network is important too. She said: “Due to the challenges and demands of the course there is a lot of bonding and comradery between the students, which continues on after your MBA is complete. When you’re done, you look back and reflect and wonder how you did it. It
is the support of your fellow students, as well as the staff, that gets you through.”

While MGSM’s Jane Ferguson is proud of the School’s ranking and feels privileged to hear and share in the successes of the alumni, she is eager to attribute the ranking to the quality of MGSM’s alumni themselves. “It works both ways,” she said. “We certainly focus on providing our students with the very best opportunities while they study with us, but it is their achievements in their post-MBA career that gives the School the reputation it enjoys.”

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