Michel Devine

Further education broadens Michel’s career opportunities

  • Industry: Government
  • Mode of study: On-campus
  • Location: South Australia
  • Programme: MBA
  • Themes: Achievement,Career Goals
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills,Job Requirement
  • Challenges: Family Commitments
  • Seniority: Mid-Level

created on 23/06/2015


MBA Graduate Michel Devine chats with us about her experience with AIB, her reasons for undertaking an MBA and how her studies have revolutionised her career.

Why did you undertake an MBA?

I’m a nurse by training, 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 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, which was a health-related role, 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, also – I’ve been posted to Washington D.C. for three years to work with the Americans to review policies and plans, so that we can work better together. 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? 

Well I worked full-time, I 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, and happily shared the load.

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.