Everything is backwards. The seasons. The side of the road people drive on. The weather. I am down-under in Melbourne Australia for our son’s wedding this week.
Last Friday I took a couple of hours off from site-seeing and wedding festivities to visit the Melbourne Business School. Wendy Hill, Admissions Manager, and Jane Prior, Director, Academic Programs, graciously took time from their busy schedules to answer my questions. Naturally I asked about the qualities MBS seeks in MBA applicants, beyond the obvious academic qualifications.
In a nutshell:
- Diversity. MBS is not merely looking for people from different backgrounds to create a diverse class. They seek people with a diversity of experience and interests. Now I don’t mean those who have changed careers annually as they attempt to figure what they want in life, but I do mean those who have successfully pursued academic and professional excellence while carving out time for personal interests and commitments.
- Leadership. This quality is a desired at MBS as at every other top MBA program.
- Self-Awareness. You need to be able to express why you want an MBA and why you want one from MBS with its general management emphasis and foundational focus on integration of business silos. Can you connect the dots between what you have done in the past and what you want to do in the future?
- Fit. Closely related to self-awareness, why do you belong at MBS? How will a program without formal concentrations and with a focus on general management and a foundation in integration of business functions help you achieve your goals? Are you interested in a career in Australia or Asia?
In our discussion, Jane Prior made a fascinating point about the student body at MBS: 80% come from outside Australia with roughly 50% from different parts of Asia. Approximately 80% obtain their first post-MBA job in Australia – despite the fact that obtaining a work permit is a process to be navigated and not automatic. Most of the remainder work in Asia.
The city is lovely. The lifestyle is laidback. Being upside down has its advantages.