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Damien Victorsen, Masters in Management

Damien Victorsen

Masters in Management

Damien Victorsen is doing a Masters in Management, to build on his solid career foundations in the public service and management consulting.

He studies part time, and currently works at Ernst & Young. His advice to those considering postgraduate studies is "stop thinking and start doing!"

What did you do prior to your study at ANU?

Lots of things! In terms of work and study I got my Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Adelaide in 2001 with Honors in Environmental Biology. Then my first job was teaching conversational English in South Korea for a year. In 2004 I got into a graduate program with the Department of Agriculture, which is what brought me to Canberra. After 5 years in the public service, I started working at Noetic Solutions, which is a boutique management consulting firm. In January 2014 I started my Masters degree at ANU and in March 2014 I started working with Ernst & Young. I'm still working with EY in their People  Advisory Services - People and Organisational Change.

Why did you decide to undertake a Masters in Management?

I'm doing a Masters in Management part time with ANU. I wanted to do a management degree to compliment my experience in management consulting. I felt I needed to better understand the theories behind what I was seeing in my job. I also wanted to build my credibility in organisational management so I could diversify my experience.

Why did you choose to study at ANU?

I considered studying at both Canberra University and ANU because I wanted to do something with face to face classes. I study better when I'm with other people and can bounce ideas around. I chose ANU because they had a good reputation and the MM program seemed to include all the courses I was interested in.

What has been your favourite course/lecturer so far, and why?

Hmmm... that's a tough one. My first course was Organisational Behaviour with George Chen. I really enjoyed the experience of working with others and learning about the factors that affect employee motivation. Having said that, I am really enjoying Leading Through Change with Karen Jansen. Karen presents this topic in a really engaging way and I am learning a lot about myself, change and leadership.

What are your career goals?

You know, I'm less concerned about career goals and more concerned about doing something that interests me and keeps me engaged. One of the key lessons I am learning through my study is that successful people are those who genuinely believe in what they are doing and enjoy the process just as much as the result. I want to be in a career that is so engaging, it doesn't even feel like work.

With that in mind, my next career step will be to the USA. I won the US Green Card lottery (US Diversity Visa Program) and I plan to move to the USA next April. I'm hoping I can continue working as a management consultant but I think this move will require me to step outside my comfort zone and into a career line I haven't thought about yet.

What is your favourite thing about Canberra?

I love Canberra's sunny days. I don't think I want to live somewhere that's grey and gloomy. One of my favourite things to do in Canberra is go for a bike ride with friends around the lakes on a sunny day. There are some great views around town and it's great exercise.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about undertaking postgrad studies?

Stop thinking and start doing. The only way you will know if it is right for you is to give it a try. If you try it and decide it's not for you, then you have lost very little in the scheme of things. Start with one course and go from there. That was my approach. Even though studying sometimes means I have to miss out on some things, I know I'm learning a lot and it’s contributing to my most valuable asset - which is my mind. 

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