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Grace Huang MBA graduate

Finding purpose and passion through the MBA

21 December 2017

A love of learning and a motivation to grow her career were behind Canberra-based public service professional Grace Huang’s decision to undertake a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Grace moved into the public service in 2015, initially working with ComSuper in a Senior Assessor role, before moving to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources where she is currently working as a Project Coordinator.

Graduating last week, she says the MBA has equipped her with leadership skills as well as specialist knowledge in Project Management.

We found out more about her experience at ANU, and what her next goals are.

Why did you decide to undertake an MBA?

I chose to complete a postgraduate degree as I am truly passionate about education and further study. I am a firm believer that studying not only benefits the student, but also benefits the community as a whole. 

I chose an MBA at ANU specifically as it’s an internationally recognised postgraduate degree that I can take with me into a diverse range of industries, and even countries.

The MBA exposes you to many different business areas such as economics, finance, project management and leadership, giving you transferrable skills. This makes the degree well-regarded in a very diverse range of industries and areas of work.

I specialised in Project Management, where I gained specific skills, tools, and techniques which are again, applicable to many industries.

I have many passions and interest in different areas, as well as many goals I want to achieve in my career, so I didn’t want to restrict myself to one area, and rather keep opportunities open.

How do you think the knowledge you gained during your MBA study will help you in your career?

I’ve already found that my MBA has helped me advance my career, as I have had opportunities for higher duties at work very recently since graduating. 

I believe that the knowledge I’ve gained will assist me most in my leadership and management-related skills. These last few years I have had so many opportunities for networking, public speaking, and involvement in the community that I would not otherwise have had.

I also found the MBA to be a good mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, so I feel I had already been able to apply what I learned in the workplace, while I was still studying.

The MBA program has also helped me find my purpose and passion – I feel strongly about pursuing a career that will contribute to the community in some way.

 What has been the highlight of your time at ANU?

Definitely the people – both the students and my lecturers. I really enjoyed that I was surrounded by such a diverse cohort from different parts of the world. I now have friends from my time at ANU from many different continents, which I find invaluable. With diversity comes new knowledge, perspectives and values. I am so grateful to have made these connections.

I had some really knowledgeable and inspiring lecturers as mentors in my MBA courses, who had so much to share that I could learn from. The MBA classes were small which allowed me to have quality time with these mentors. I feel as though they really took the time with me so that I could get the most out of my degree.

What’s next for you?

Currently I am developing a national information system for aviation stakeholders to contribute to effective risk management in biosecurity risk in Australia. I am very excited about this, as well as other projects going on in my workplace.

In the long-term, I have many goals and different interests so I am open to the opportunities I come across. I have diverse interests in animal welfare, food policy as well as higher education, so I’d love to work in any these areas in the future. My degree is particularly transferrable and applicable to many industries and areas of work.

I’m also interested to complete further study in the future, as I do genuinely enjoy university and have had very positive experiences. For now, I think I will be focusing on work, and then think about potential research degrees in the future. I would love to complete my PhD one day.

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