Lisa Donato, a veteran of the IT industry and a current student of the Masters of Business Information Technology, talks about her career and her life as a postgrad.
Donato has worked in various roles during her almost 20 years in the industry, in the areas of business analysis, systems design and development, in both the corporate and education sectors.
Why did you choose the Master of Business IT?
I chose the course to get the most out of my previous studies and advance my career.
Having previously worked in many technical roles such as software engineering I decided, after an extended period of maternity leave, that I wanted to re-enter the workforce in a more business-focused IT role.
The Master of Business IT provided up-to-date subjects which reflected the emerging trends in business, strategy and IT.
How has the degree helped your career?
Half-way through the course I secured a role as an associate business analyst, and within two years I had progressed to senior business analyst.
I attribute this accelerated pace of promotion to the skills, confidence and knowledge I gained through undertaking the Masters in Business IT at RMIT.
That said, I intend to move into roles that have a more strategic focus such as IT strategy development, management of decision support systems, operations and supply management and global services such as secure online services.
What can students expect from the degree?
Students can expect to gain greater insights into how information technologies, ethics and methods can enhance business value. The course is well structured and is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of relevant issues, technology directions, corporate and government drivers that affect IT and business, now and in the future.
The degree is supported by professors who are experts in their fields and who have established links and partnerships with leading global IT organisations and other professionals. The coursework reflects extensive research and delivers IT content that is topical and applicable to businesses.
Furthermore, the breadth of courses and projects is extensive and the program is extremely flexible. The course therefore provides sufficient scope to meet students’ broad areas of interest while providing a degree of flexibility to enable working parents to successfully complete the program.
What do you think makes this course unique?
In addition to being an extremely informative course, and including several industry-relevant projects, the program empowers students with knowledge and meaningful experiences to help them be competent business IT professionals.
The program covers many different aspects of IT and to this end explores attitude to business and IT ethics and social responsibility, which is an increasing area of concern for businesses and governments around the world.
The course is designed to ensure professional currency is maintained and that students understand the importance of lifelong learning and development. It’s not only about knowledge and skills, it’s about creating professionals with the right attitudes and who can make a positive contribution to society in the context of business and IT.
Juggling work, family and study can be a challenge – what do you do to keep things balanced?
As a primary carer of three children, I have come to learn that the consequences of disrupting an established family routine can be challenging to say the least. Therefore it was important that the additional workload of this course was accommodated without too much impact on family and my personal well-being.
I was able to successfully balance my family life, work and study by being organised, having realistic expectations and constantly reassessing priorities. Furthermore, relying on support networks, which included lecturers, made the whole balancing act less stressful. That said juggling all these commitments could not have been possible without a genuine interest in the course.
On a personal level, one of the most gratifying and surprising sides of completing this course under these demanding circumstances, is that my children now appreciate the positive impacts this course has had on advancing my career and their standard of living.
What advice would you give to future students?
This degree will give you a level of mastery in information technology and business that will put you in good stead to respond to the myriad of business challenges facing organisations and IT departments in the 21st century.
With hard work and dedication, this course will help you to take your career to the next level. It will teach you to think outside the box, critically analyse and understand business problems, identifying different business solutions and scenarios and make strategic decisions.
A commitment to this degree will ensure you will be an effective industry thought leader and you are equipped to provide quantifiable business value to any organisation.
Success begins here: Study the Master of Business Information Technology in 2016.
Story: Rita Truong