Career guidance

Macquarie Business School (MGSM) Career Services provides a number of initiatives to help students make important decisions about their career. At the beginning of the study, students have access to the Strategic Career Development Framework, which offers a clear structure to guide students through their career development journey.

The Framework will be delivered via the following methods:

  • Personalised careers coaching sessions with our expert and professional career coaches, who will help unlock your potential through increased awareness of your strongest motivators and interests, transferable skills and personal values, leading to career satisfaction and success. Request an appointment with a Career Coach.
  • Career development workshops and seminars, e.g., Career Navigation Series and etc.
  • Skills-based workshops, such as LinkedIn workshops and etc.
  • Students undertaking effective self-assessment tools when necessary.

The purpose of the framework is to help students develop an individualised action plan to achieve the career they want.

One-to-one Career Coaching Sessions

Career coaching facilitates learning – how to unlock your potential through increased awareness of your strongest motivators and interests, transferable skills and personal values, leading to career satisfaction and success. To compete effectively in today’s ever-changing marketplace, successful candidates must not only match their competencies, personal strengths, values and achievements to their career – they must also know how to promote them. Qualifications alone will not result in a new job or advancement in their career.

Career coaching is available on Tuesdays at Macquarie Park campus and on Wednesdays at CBD campus. Request an appointment with a Career Coach.

Benefits and outcomes of Career Coaching

Expert and professional career guidance can help Macquarie Business School (MGSM)’s students and alumni make the right moves to achieve the career they want. Career coaching may include but not be limited to providing assistance with:

  • Making important decisions about career direction and how to achieve this
  • Identifying and reflecting on motivators, interests and transferable competencies
  • Reviewing the resume with a focus on value proposition
  • Developing a marketing strategy that includes approaching the advertised and the non-advertised job market
  • Creating a networking strategy and then a plan to help build “your brand”
  • Coaching in how to pass interviews (behavioural, traditional and case study interviews)
  • How to work with Recruitment Consultants.

Career Coaches

Heidi Winney is an experienced and professional career strategist and executive coach, and human resources generalist with extensive experience in the corporate environment across a number of industries, and a significant exposure to individual career coaching. A major thrust of Heidi's work in private practice is career and executive coaching for individuals of varied backgrounds and experiences and includes Masters, MBA students and alumni of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and members of the Australian Institute of Management.  Heidi is a consultant of choice to these organisations.

Heidi is a former President and Committee Member of the Career Development Association of Australia (NSW Division), is a Member of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate and Alumni member of the Institute of Executive Coaching, Australia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Coaching
  • Human Resources

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Career Development
  • Diploma Human Resource Management
  • MBTI-accredited

Jenny Kahn has over 20 years’ experience in Organisational Development, working across a broad range of industries in both the private and public sector in Australia, Europe, SE Asia, South Africa. These include PwC, Westpac, Commonwealth Connect, James Hardie Building Services, Melbourne Water, Computer Associates, Boral, Angus & Coote, DEET, St Vincent's Hospital, SPL, Software AG (UK) and Berli Jucker PCL (Thailand), SageCo, RTA, Austrade, ANSTO.

Jenny has had extensive experience in executive coaching with a diversity of senior leaders across a range of industries. She focuses on identifying their motivations and constraints, their skills, preferences, priorities in the context of their lifestage - to address underlying issues and optimize their choices, responses and performance. This has often required deep and challenging conversations with transformative results.

She holds an MBA (Macquarie Graduate School of Management), Bachelor of Arts (Clinical Psychology), is a qualified coach (AIEC), mediator (LEADR) and an accredited facilitator. She is also accredited in Hogan, FourSight and Lego Serious Play (an innovative methodology for thinking, communicating and problem-solving).

Management Consulting Information Session

Majority of B-school graduates aspire to work for big consulting firms. The path to becoming a management consultant is very competitive and the stakes are high. But with right advise and structured planning, it can be definitely achieved.

Management Consulting Information Sessions apprise students over the following aspects to prepare them for their career in consulting.

  • What it's like to be a management consultant.
  • What do management consulting firms look for in prospective hires
  • How to structure and write CV and cover letters for management consulting roles
  • The complete hiring process.
  • Common interview questions and how to answer them.
  • Case interview frameworks.
  • Various aptitude tests that most firms use and how to crack them.

These sessions are conducted by Mr. Mustafa Khider, a Senior Consultant at KPMG’s Management Consulting division. He is currently working in the Defense, Intelligence, and Federal Government sectors, specialising in Technology and Enterprise Strategy. Mustafa’s professional experience includes technology engineering and consulting in a variety of industries including finance, cyber security, and cloud computing. Mustafa has an MBA from Macquarie Business School (MGSM), as well as a Bachelor of Business, and a Bachelor of IT.

Careers Workshops, Seminars & Facilitators

New skills and practical advice on a variety of topics are also available exclusively to Macquarie Business School (MGSM) students and alumni via our career development workshops and seminars. Hosted by experienced facilitators and held throughout the year, these sessions prepare you for any business leadership career path you wish to pursue, anywhere in the world. A maximum of 25 participants per workshop allows for individual attention.

Career Navigation Series

  • Workshop 1 - Defining your Value Proposition
  • Workshop 2 - The Power of Networking
  • Workshop 3 - Mastering the Recruitment Process.

Skills-based workshops

  • LinkedIn workshop.

Facilitators

James Brennan is a broadly experienced career management professional who is passionate about facilitating change in both individuals and business. James is well known to the Careers team at MGSM having delivered “Career Optimisation” workshops to the students over the past twelve months.  He has enjoyed a career encompassing education, sales, marketing, recruitment and career management. As a result he feels well equipped to work with those seeking career direction and the organisations looking to employ them. Facilitating workshops to assist in shaping an individual's career is something he is passionate about. He currently presents seminars on: Interviews, Resumes, Application Letters, Networking, Developing Your Value Proposition and “Mastering the Recruitment Process.” He takes a solutions based approach to coaching and has worked with individuals and organisations from a wide cross section of industries. He is particularly interested in how a business recruits, inducts and retains its valued staff and how in turn this impacts on the individual. He is very interested in employer and personal brand and how they connect. James’ experience in the employment sector over many years has helped him grasp exactly what talented people need to do to get employed and what organisations need to do to attract and retain that talent. James holds a Bachelor of Education. (Membership of CDAA pending.)

Richard Burton is an accomplished facilitator and career consultant who at the age of 37, despite holding a senior profile in the Australian property market,  made the huge decision to pause and transform his career. He took time off, long enough to explore his passions, talents, core values and identity. He not only began his new career as a professional coach, but committed to aligning all aspects of his life to his core passions. Inspired performance soon followed, and his deep focus became and remains, “making a difference IN people” and “helping people find their true purpose”. Richard applies accredited training and research in Positive Psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and draws on over a decade of senior business leadership and first-grade cricket as a player and coach. His specialization areas include: leadership performance; personal transformation and behaviour change; career transition and development; self-awareness and self-leadership growth; team and organisational culture; accessing beliefs, values and purpose; and sports and ‘neuro’ performance. Richard is an accredited Gallup coach.

CareerLeader

Recently the careers office has established a site license with CareerLeader, which is a fully integrated approach to business career self-assessment built on the premise that one's interests, motivators and skills will drive their future career success and satisfaction. This online assessment tool has been trusted by 93% of the world's best business schools, aiming to give their students a fast track to career success.

The CareerLeader assessment usually cost about $99 for individuals to take, but under the school's license, you are now able to take it FREE OF CHARGE.

A detailed report will be created for you when you complete the assessment. View a sample report.

If you are interested in this assessment inventory, please contact the Career Services team at execareers@mgsm.edu.au and we will provide you with an individual login.

5 Pillars of an Extraordinary Career

Download the PDF version.

Career Guidance for International Students

Adapting to a new culture and unfamiliar environment, understanding how things are done in Australia, being able to influence people unlike your own culture, not having an extensive network and how to go about developing such a network are all important things to consider and learn.

More information is on Employment in Australia – What International Students Need to Know.

Career Links & Resources

1. Macquarie Business School (MGSM) Jobs Board contains employment opportunities from organisations who are seeking talents from Macquarie Business School (MGSM).

2. MQ CareerHub offers MQ and MGSM students employment opportunities, such as part-time jobs at Macquarie Shopping Centre.

3. QS Global Workplaces allows students and alumni search international jobs, internships and leadership programs. At this site, you are able to create and submit an online CV, which will be visible to top recruiters. The Top MBA Career eGuide, the world's leading publication for MBA & Masters students and alumni is also available.

4. MBA-Exchange.com offers premium services to students who have access to over 500 global MBA Development Programs, as well as top MBA jobs, employers and recruiters.

5. Business Because.com helps you make connections before, during and after your MBA. It's free to join as a basic member. Premium members get access to the MBA Jobs Zone with daily updated job vacancies, internships, careers news and profiles of SMEs that are hiring MBAs.

Resources for students who are interested in Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance Institute offers free resources to help students advance their careers in Finance as well as transitioning from academia to the working world. Below is a list of selected resources:

FAQs

What usually happens at the recruitment events?

  • Prepare a strong and brief personal statement when speaking to the recruitment team.
  • Have your business cards ready.
  • Most importantly, professionally presented with business attire.
  • Do not need to bring your resume.
  • No other preparations required.

Are there any student associations at MGSM?

What are the International student visa requirements?

Some information is available on the Macquarie University Student Advocacy webpage.

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