Due to graduate in August 2018, MBA Sports Management student Vincent is currently in Madrid completing 2 weeks of practical experience at our partner institution, Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea.
Studying an MBA at Torrens University has been extremely beneficial for me in the workplace. In addition to gaining knowledge of core business concepts such as economic theories and financial management, completing the subjects Dynamic Leadership and Influencing and Making Decisions particularly helped me to reflect on my own working and leadership style. This allowed me to gain a greater sense of self-awareness and adapt the way in which I communicate with people in a variety of workplace situations. The resources available and time dedicated to self-improvement in this MBA program has helped me to make better business decisions and more productive interactions.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE MBA STUDENTS?
I know it’s a cliché but I think it is important to remember that ‘you only get out what you put in’. During my MBA I have found that the subjects that I benefited most from were those that I completely applied myself to. By doing the extra readings, asking your lecturer questions and engaging with the other students, you can gain a better level of understanding and enjoyment from the program. The MBA at Torrens University provides a great base of challenging and practical content taught by experienced academics; it’s then up to the individual how they most benefit from that.
“I have always had a strong interest in how sport and business interact and this course is the ideal way for me to further develop that passion. At this stage in my career, a university that could provide me with real-word opportunities was exactly what I was after!”
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR MANAGING PEOPLE AND STAYING AHEAD OF INDUSTRY TRENDS?
1. In dealing with different management styles and organisational change my advice is to always try to remain flexible. Rather than resisting change or a particular management style, try to adapt to the external environment and you will be best placed to be successful regardless of the situation that you find yourself in.
2. I try to read things that interest me as much as possible. I skim the Australian Financial Review to see if anything catches my eye and enjoy reading autobiographies of business leaders or sportspeople that I find motivating. I recently finished Shoe Dog which is the story of Phil Knight and how he founded Nike – a fascinating book with some great business lessons.
3. I’ve also found the online discussion forums available for each subject a valuable way to exchange thoughts and ideas with other students on what is happening in both business and sport.
WHAT ARE SOME PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS YOU’RE MOST PROUD OF?
At Qantas, I was successful in attaining the role of Business Development Executive based in Dubai – which was a definite career highlight for me. In this position I was able to work with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds which taught me many professional and personal lessons. Throughout my MBA studies I have worked as a Senior Strategy Analyst at Qantas, in Sydney, recently resigning as was given the opportunity to study and travel abroad, which I think is a paramount opportunity within my career. Also, working as a Paralegal at the Football Federation of Australia is something I am proud of as it was my first exposure to what it is like to work for a sporting organisation.
Each trimester I have also represented the University as a Student Ambassador. This includes running workshops and speaking on panels at events including Open Day, Information Evening and MBA Masterclass. I enjoy the opportunity to share my personal experiences with future students, so when it comes to networking, be ambitious! Don’t be afraid to try and get in contact with the people who have been able to forge a successful career in the field that you are passionate about. When doing an MBA you will be surrounded by like-minded people with a range of different skills so make the most of this by always learning from your classmates.
WHAT IS YOUR PASSION OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Besides watching way too much sport on TV, I like to remain active through surfing, tennis and football. I also love to travel so am particularly excited about the upcoming trip to Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea, to complete the Residence Sports Facility Operations subject as part of the MBA (Sports Management) program.
WHAT WAS THE BEST LIFE AND CAREER ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?
I was once told that “a career is a series of accidents, created by hard work and a little bit of luck”, which I think is quite true! I also think it is important to take calculated risks and be open to new opportunities whenever possible.