Returning home after playing college basketball in the US, Jessica Bearzatto wanted to renew her industry connections and advance her business skills. She chose the Master of Business Administration.
Jessica studied sports management and business in the US, but wanted to develop her business skills further. She selected the Master of Business Administration (MBA) for two major reasons.
“I had a bit of a different background to most people and I’d lived in America for a while so it was about bridging an education gap between America and Australia,” she said.
“I also wanted to start building more of network within Australia - something that I didn’t have much of because I was overseas for so long.
“They were the two primary drivers for me.”
She started studying in mid 2013 and after graduating, landed a job with multinational consultancy firm Deloitte.
The MBA not only gave Jessica the opportunity to strengthen her Australian contacts, it gave her a competitive edge over other job candidates.
“It was just a further expertise in the business area to hopefully give me an advantage over other entry level candidates for roles as well as starting to build my network within Australia,” she said.
The MBA has a practical focus, which graduates often credit for giving them an advantage in the workforce. For Jessica, it was the highlight part of the program.
“It went beyond the theory that was the focus of my undergraduate degree and provided more of a real business context,” she said.
“It went that one step further and made things a lot more relevant to the different environments.”
Jessica knew she wanted a role in consulting and says several of the subjects in the MBA prepared her for that by exposing her to different ways of thinking and broadening her understanding of business.
Jessica started as a graduate in the strategy and operations consulting cluster at Deloitte. As a consultant her daily tasks revolve around analytics in different projects.
“I guess the main focus is problem solving, so the end result is trying to solve the client’s problem, whatever that may be, to give a recommendation to a way forward or help to implement a solution,” she said.
“I’ve worked across a number of different industries within a number of different strategies. Whether it be across a strategy focus, so what they need to do, or more of an operations focus, which is how they do things, or actually implementing a solution.
“So my role can really vary depending on who the client is.”
Problem solving essentially makes other people’s lives easier and this is what keeps Jessica inspired.
“The thing that keeps me going and gets me up in the morning is the ability to make a difference,” she said.
“Nothing’s ever the same, so I know each project, each day I’m getting thrown a different problem that I have to solve. It’s hard work, but very rewarding to see a project fulfilled and see the impact we’re having.”
Story: Kate Jones