Forget the beautiful beaches, forget the sunshine, have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a student in the prestigious Deakin University MBA program in Australia?
Deakin University hosts almost 3000 students in postgraduate coursework and research degrees, the School has a long-standing record of graduate program excellence.
Many of their staff members have extensive business and industry experience and all of their programs have active, industry-based advisory boards ensuring that the subjects and courses are focused on the realities of business in a modern economy.
The next blog in our MBA interview series feature Deakin University MBA student, Damian Harris, and explores his motivation for applying for the Deakin University MBA program, what he thinks of the program and tips he has for prospective students.
What made you chose Deakin for your MBA degree?
“Deakin University offered a pathway as part of a linkup with Chisholm Institute, where I had studied both the Diploma of Management and Graduate Certificate in Management. Deakin was offering credit for prior learning for both subjects and gave me four units (out of twelve). I did look into Monash University but the Deakin University MBA was rated five star versus only four star for Monash.”
Was it difficult to apply for it and get in? How did you manage it?
“When applying for the Deakin University MBA, I had to write up my CV with work and study history and results. It was a bit of a drawn out process but I was accepted without too much hassle.”
How's life there, where do you go out, what are the best student associations to network etc.?
“Deakin's student body is DUSA or the Deakin University Student Association. As I am studying my MBA part time I haven't joined any groups or associations, however I have made some friendships with other class members which have been very fruitful.”
Do you have a positive outlook for your specific industry in getting a good job after you finish? And where would you like it to be?
“I have been in my industry since leaving secondary school (the mechanical power transmission industry) and have schooled myself since then. The industry in Australia is quite strong, with mining experiencing a boom, even though manufacturing continues to slide.
Having my Deakin University MBA will set me apart in this industry, as those with one can be counted on one hand. MBAs are only starting to be regarded with any reverence in Australia and it is good to be at the forefront of the next generation.
My plan is to have it all done and dusted by my 40th birthday and then re-evaluate both this industry and business analysis overall for future potential.”
We wish Damian the best of luck in all his future endeavours.
Have you been to Deakin as well? Share your thoughts about your experience there and if you have studied a Deakin University MBA in the comments section below.