“An MBA is one of the most recognised and most transportable postgraduate degrees” states dual MBA and Global Project Management Master’s student, Veronica Flores.
Veronica is a Project Officer at the City of Charles Sturt, which is part of the South Australian Government. We sat down with Veronica, who will be attending our MBA Project Management Masterclass in Adelaide on Tue 28 August.
HOW HAS THE MBA BENEFITED YOUR CURRENT ROLE?
Doing a dual master’s degree – my Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Global Project Management (MGPM), has been the best decision that I’ve made in my professional life. These degrees have given me the knowledge that I needed to be able to fulfill the role that I’m currently working on – Project Officer.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PROSPECTIVE MBA STUDENTS?
My first advice would be ENROL IN THE MBA! It will open so many doors for you. Everything that you learn will be used once you get a job, or move into a more senior role in your organisation. The information that you learn can come across as a little abstract, but when you’re actually working in the corporate environment, you will be confident that as long as you’ve learnt the business fundamentals, you will be able to adapt, be agile, and implement everything you’ve learnt in your day-to-day work.
NETWORKING, MANAGEMENT-STYLES AND ORGANISATION, WHAT’S THE 411?
First and foremost, networking is quintessential. It mean that sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone, though it’s something that’s business-critical in all aspects of your career, and good to understand how to relate, interact and negotiate with people from all different backgrounds.
In my experience, being able to be part of the PMI (Project Management Institute) has opened many doors for me; these doors have helped me to network with amazing people that work in the same field as I do. Moreover, you have to take every opportunity to meet new people, so that you can learn from them, and keep making expanding your network.
My current position, as Project Officer, my management style has been completely agile. It is important to analyse that when you are studying. You see everything in theory, so most of the management references are traditional. But in real-life, and especially in the kind of projects that I’m managing, I have to take two steps forward, then one step back, fix, repeat, and keep moving forward.
HOW DO YOU STAY AHEAD OF THE TREND?
It’s really important to keep up-to-date with your reading and research, because I believe that you need to constantly be learning in life to evolve and make better decisions. In terms of knowledge, you always have to be involved in business and project management news and events in your city, your country, and around the world.
You should always have an open mind about everything and never settle with what you think you know, because it’s not absolute. Research, refine, and research some more – there’s always room for more.
WHAT ARE SOME PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS YOU’RE MOST PROUD OF?
I’m really proud of being able to land the current role I’m in – Project Officer, whilst still studying a dual degree. I started in my role during the capstone project, and worked really hard. I’m lucky that all of my hard work, dedication and efforts have paid off – because the company hired me to do more work with them. Also, having a good support network that can see the potential and drive in you. I’m really grateful for this experience, which is largely thanks to Chifley Business School at Torrens University.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love spending time with my family and friends. I also really love music, so I spend quality time attending concerts and playing music. One of the things I love the most about Australia is the beach, so in summer I would definitely spend most of my time there!
WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST PIECE OF CAREER OR LIFE ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?
The importance of having a positive attitude towards life, and how it can help to keep you grounded and going. Never lose your passion, and your love for everything that you do.