Andre Nogales is an international student from Ecuador, studying an MBA specialising in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and International Business.
Before coming to ANU, he worked in the US for four years as an investment strategy consultant working with hedge funds and stock brokers. He also worked for Mitsubishi Corporation in Ecuador, as a commercial business executive, analysing new investment opportunities.
Why did you decide to return to study?
I felt that I had enough work experience but I needed to go back and refine my skills and update my education, and I wanted to get my MBA so that was always a goal of mine.
Why did you choose to study at ANU?
I chose ANU because it’s ranked within the top 50 universities around the world, and it has a highly recognized reputation in research.
Studying at ANU is a uniquely rewarding experience. You have the opportunity to forge unforgettable partnerships, meet new friends, mentors or even your first business partner. Most importantly however, it leads you to endless career opportunities.
How have you enjoyed the MBA program?
I truly like the diversity of the courses in the MBA program, and how the professors who teach them incorporate their own personal and professional experiences into their teaching. It shows me how I might be able to apply what I’m learning in my career.
My favourite course so far has been Strategic Management, taught by Professor Alex Eapen. He built links between the theory we learnt and its application, and always pushed us to think critically, to ensure we always gave the best response.
What are your career goals?
I’d like to open up my own business in Ecuador, in the tourism industry.
Further down the track, I’d like to go into teaching or academia.
As an international student, what do you think about Canberra?
Coming from Ecuador, I came to Canberra without any expectations. I really enjoy the serenity and calmness of Canberra – it’s an ideal place to study.
What else keeps you busy, apart from your studies?
I work at Myer in the city, and also at Boost Juice on campus. I am the co-founder and President of the ANU Ecuadorian Society, which aims to promote Latin culture. We host barbecues, movie nights and other social events. And I am involved in the ANU SIGN mentoring program, so I am a mentor to five students.