The Director of the MBA suite, Justin Pierce, hosted our very first Masterclass in Melbourne. He offered insider tips on how you can forge your career path with passion and tenacity.
WHY SHOULD I GET AN MBA?
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an essential tool for a driven professional who is looking to make their mark in the industry. It’s been an immersive experience, and a validating one, with my studies of the MBA being my fourth degree, I was able to apply my knowledge and skills directly into my classroom. I have been teaching in one way or another professionally for over 22 years, and I believe it’s given my teaching style new rigour, conscious of the student and academic interaction, and the relevancy of immediacy in the industry.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE PEOPLE LOOKING TO STUDY AN MBA?
1. Build your networks early. Forge your own networks and then pay it forward. That’s my sentiment for management – don’t just build connections when you need them, set aside time to establish and encourage mentoring and workshops.
2. You need to enculturate yourself. Set expectations for yourself, and leave your ego at the door. You need to be open to learning rather than ready to validate what you think you know.
3. Make your mark in the industry as you go. By the time you graduate, you will already be putting your new-found knowledge and confidence to very good use. Expect people to notice a difference in you and your work, incrementally and organically.
HOW DO YOU STAY AHEAD OF THE TREND AND KEEP FOCUSED?
When you work 17-hour days, you really have to love what you do. Education delights me. I get a huge kick of out learning something new and I think that fire will never go out. I spend quality time outside of work in activities I enjoy; guitar, friends, investments, which allows me to channel my passion towards teaching the remainder of the time. Staying ahead of the trend means keeping current. Through paying it forward and having an insatiable appetite to learn, volunteering and mentoring allows me to share insight into my industry experience and remain current.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ACHIEVEMENT AND CAREER ADVICE?
From consulting at Chifley Business School to running Torrens University Australia’s MBA programs, I am extremely proud that I am part of a team that worked so hard to successfully integrate Chifley into the University system. Each year it is gratifying to see our business student’s graduate; I take pride in what I do and how as educators we have the ability to transform lives and inspire change. As such, the best piece of career advice I was given, was to write a career plan and work toward achieving it. Bring it to your next interview to demonstrate how serious you are about traversing the corporate ladder and making your mark on the industry.
“Staying ahead of the trend means keeping current through paying it forward and having an insatiable appetite to learn.”
WHAT CAN I EXPECT THROUGHOUT THE MBA MASTERCLASS SERIES?
Our aim is to continue to deliver relevant and comprehensive business and project management postgraduate qualifications, which Chifley Business School was established upon, now supported by an internationally recognised University qualification with strong industry partnerships. You’ll just have to join us at the masterclass to find out more, but expect ground-breaking stuff being discussed in there. The next wave of change management practice fed directly from industry through Torrens University and to you at the Masterclass.
I’m very excited about it!