5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Michel Devine

5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Michel Devine


MBA Graduate Michel Devine chats with us about her reasons for undertaking an MBA and how it has had a powerful impact on her career.

Why did you undertake an MBA?

I’m a nurse and I’d been working in the defence force for about 10 years, but I felt that I needed to do something else to take the next step career-wise. I looked at a Masters of Nursing but I didn’t want to just be a nurse, I wanted to have other opportunities and do broader things. That’s why I chose the MBA.

What advantages has completing the MBA offered you?

It’s opened up some jobs within the defence force that probably wouldn’t have been open to me before. I was a military liaison at Adelaide University, and at the moment I’m an Executive Officer at the Institute of Aviation Medicine, which is a research and training organisation. I’m just about to move overseas as I’ve been posted to Washington D.C. for three years to review policies and plans so that we can work better together with the U.S. It’s important that I have a health background, but I feel that the MBA has driven these opportunities.

How did you manage the workload of an MBA? 

I worked full-time, studied full-time, and I’d just had my second child when I began my MBA, so I had to be supremely organised. I’m fortunate to have a very supportive family, and my husband was happy to take the kids on the weekend when I was studying.

What advice would you give to future students of the MBA?

I would say plan well and stay organised. I worked out early on exactly how much time I would need per week to get all my study done. I planned it upfront so that I knew exactly what I was doing – it was necessary for my success in the course.

This interview has been constructed by Simone Ball from an AIB video testimonial. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participant. 

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