After a career in business and IT across various industries, Mark studied the Master of Business Information Technology with the aim to progress to executive level.
Manager, Infrastructure Treasury Corporation of Victoria
Why did you choose the Master of Business Information Technology?
I wanted to further my learning and employment potential. I am working towards obtaining an executive level IT role in a medium to large commercial organisation.
Where were you previously working?
I started in IT as an MVS computer operator and moved into programming before obtaining a position as leader then project manager, quality manager, business development leader, service delivery leader and finally manager infrastructure. These roles were primarily held in the airline, manufacturing, consultant, finance and government sectors.
How did you manage the work, life and study balance?
The teaching staff at RMIT were great and the facilities in the Swanston Academic Building are excellent. The flexibility of the timetables made it a lot easier to work while I was studying. I also enjoyed being in classes with students of different ages and backgrounds.
What did you like best about the program?
The ability to draw on my experience to complete the program and the ability to apply new learning from the course content directly back into the workplace.
What advice do you have for others thinking about studying the Master of Business Information Technology?
Ultimately you get out of this program what you put in. The coursework is challenging but not unachievable with some dedication and commitment.
How have your studies at RMIT helped your career prospects?
I believe the confidence in knowing I have acquired new skills, backed with postgraduate qualifications, has helped to shape me into a better leader. I have an improved focus on work, a more questioning mindset and drive to be an enabler of change. The studies provided me with the opportunity to explore new concepts and new ideas, be more confident and take more chances. The skills I already possessed around ITIL, Project Management and Supply Chain were reinforced while skills around Global IT were built up.
How did your ‘soft skills’ develop during your study and since completing?
My confidence has increased and I am more aligned with the business to be an enabler of change. I learnt that communication is a key factor of success and so is engaging people and getting them to buy into a strategic vision. My skills around presenting improved while studying, as well as group work in building a cohesive team.
If you could speak to your ‘past self’ as a student what advice would you give?
Throw yourself into a challenge and don’t look back. Take every opportunity you are given to lead and if not leading participate to the max. Build great teams but don’t carry people through study that don’t deserve it, the same way that companies shed poor employee’s, study groups should shed poor students.
What was the most useful aspect of your studies at RMIT towards your career?
The group work and presentations were very useful parts of the study program as they touch on both the soft and hard skills. I found the diversity of students also helpful as well as the ideas and discussions held across the teams/groups of people.
What were your favourite experiences at RMIT?
Favourite experience was the work for a not-for-profit organisation helping them to understand their technology risks in the event of disaster. I learnt a lot about report presentation at the executive level and greatly enjoyed the experience.