Rebecca: “I could see the programme would really broaden out my skill set and help to set me apart in the local industry.”
Rebecca is currently completing her Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn). With considerable international consulting experience already under her belt, Rebecca is using the programme to broaden her skill set to add value to local businesses.
Q. Tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m from Wellington, born and bred, from a large family. After completing a BA Honours in Education and Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington, I went off to London. I’m a classic OE statistic — went to London for two years and stayed for 11. I worked there as a marketing and management consultant, before moving into telecoms to work in pan-European market intelligence roles for MCI WorldCom and then consultancy-side.
Q. What drew you to study a Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn)?
I had been working part time with both smaller and start-up businesses since raising my children and was looking to take on something more substantial. With my marketing and management experience and strategic background, I could see the programme would really broaden out my skill set and help to set me apart in the local industry.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about the MBusAn programme?
I have particularly enjoyed working with such a diverse group of students, lecturers and industry members. The course work itself has been diverse too. We have studied organisational behaviour, management accounting, the global business environment as well as topics more closely related to business analysis such as enterprise architecture, databases and analytics and process design. Coming from a consulting background, I naturally love the challenge of that variety.
Q. Has the programme lived up to your expectations?
I think it is best to be open to the whole experience and not come in with too many set expectations. The programme has stretched me and also reaffirmed a lot of my prior skills and knowledge, and I have valued both aspects.
Q. What are some opportunities WICTGS has offered you?
The Wellington ICT Graduate has been great; interested and really supportive of students, employers and ultimately the industry. One of my regrets is not leveraging this resource sooner. There have been a number of highlights on the programme, but one of the most satisfying aspects for me was the internship.
Q. What do you think of Wellington as a place to study and live?
I am probably not terribly impartial. Wellington is a compact bubbling hub of innovation, nestled in one of the most stunning harbours in the world. It is a fantastic place to study and live! Even the weather is invigorating!
Q. Plans for the future?
I am just looking forward to getting out there and using my skills, new and old, to add value to local businesses.
Update: On completing her Master’s, Rebecca was employed as Senior Consultant / Business Analyst at Datacom, Wellington, New Zealand.
About the Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn)
The Master of Professional Business Analysis covers how to solve complex business problems using technology, processes and data. This qualification is open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree and has been designed for people with a non-information technology background.
The MBusAn is a 180-credit Master’s programme, completed in three full-time semesters over 12 months at Victoria University’s School of In- formation Management.
Next intake: July 2017 — June 2018. Applications close Wednesday 21st June. Enrol now or book an advice session to find out more.
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