Name: Trevor Collard
Why did you choose to complete an MBA?
I was seeking both professional and personal development. The MBA was key to developing a broad understanding of commerce and giving me the confidence to deal with issues outside my particular area of expertise.
What was the best thing about your course?
The quality, diversity and experience of MBA colleagues, professors and alumni was a regular source of inspiration. I was constantly required to get out of my comfort zone, push myself and to learn new things.
What was the worst thing about your course?
You pretty quickly have to get your head around the fact that you are going to be stretched as an MBA student who is working full time. Time boxing and putting my social life on hold for syndicate work, assignments and exams was a sacrifice, but one worth making.
What is your work background?
I’ve just clocked up over 17 years in personal services. I love the diversity of my work and helping my clients solve complex problems. Every day is different and you never stop learning!
What is your education background?
My parents are teachers and have both inspired me with their lifelong commitment to learning and developing others. My prior qualifications were predominantly in finance and accounting. I’m a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and along the way I completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma of Finance and Investment.
How has the MBA program helped you progress in your career?
Completion of the MBA program was a signpost in my career. Whilst I returned to my current employer I did so transformed. I took on a new role with responsibility for building a business and leveraged the knowledge and confidence I acquired to differentiate myself and motivate my team as a leader.
How did you balance work and study commitments?
It’s a juggling act. You become very good at managing expectations, prioritising and looking for synergies by necessity.
What advice would you give to students considering completing an MBA?
Do your homework when it comes to selecting a business school! It’s a big investment and you want to ensure you’re getting the best return for your time and energy. Remember, you’re not the only one investing — your employer, family and friends are also invested in your development, so make sure your decision will pay dividends.