Change of track on the MBA journey

Knowing what consulting firms want and how to navigate the interview process was the support that helped propel the career of Liza Kierans, who completed her MBA at Melbourne Business School in 2015.

The invaluable insights provided by the School’s Career Management Centre formed an important part of the former rail engineer’s move into the management consulting sphere, where she is now a senior consultant with Deloitte.

“The Career Management Centre were excellent in ensuring we were aware of what consulting firms would expect from applications and how to best prepare for this,” Liza said.

“So far in my role at Deloitte, I have been involved with infrastructure capital planning projects and change management and team establishment within various telecommunications organisations.

“The role involves using analytical, communication and people management skills, and I have really been able to leverage my new knowledge from the MBA to help me.”

Liza said her MBA experience was much more than the classroom subjects and prospective students should embrace all that is on offer, especially the different clubs – she joined the consulting club – and the Career Management Centre team’s industry networks.

“I know the team put in a lot of time to invite, organise and host all the companies who have an interest in employing MBA graduates,” she said.

“I was really impressed with the level of support we were provided with for interview preparation, from one-on-one’s to group sessions where we could also learn from our peers.”

The holistic nature of the MBA that has left a lasting impression on Liza, shaping her new direction.

“It is the events, the syndicate learning environment and the peers you learn beside that also help shape you during the MBA,” Liza said.

“All of these elements helped me grow and have contributed to my capability in this new role.”