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MBA students contribute to economic development in Melbourne’s North

With more than eight years professional experience and at least three years in a management position, MBA students use their knowledge and expertise gained through business education to work as management consultants for La Trobe University’s Industry Partners and their affiliated organisations, particularly in Melbourne’s North.

Experiential Learning Project

The subject that facilitates students to work as management consultants is called Experiential Learning Project (BUA5ELP). Students enrolled in 2019 have contributed to the economic development in Melbourne’s North by:

  • Creating a new model for recruiting and training vocational education and training (VET) teachers for the Northern College of Arts and technology (NCAT).
  • Recommending strategies to improve young women’s access to investment opportunities for the Women’s Investment Network Forum (WIN).
  • Developing a growth strategy for the Carlton Respects program.
  • Presenting a comparative analysis and strategy options for Melbourne Innovation Centre.
  • Creating new job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to work in the digital economy.

The Experiential Learning Project was a crucial experience in my MBA journey. It gave me the opportunity to practically experience the inner workings of a SME and help the organisation resolve an identified business blockage. The consulting project helped me practically utilize my learnings from the MBA into a real business scenario. The ELP was an incredible learning opportunity that helped me get industry ready post the MBA.

Mahima Chaudhary (International MBA Advanced Student)

MBA Study Tour with NORTH Link

NORTH Link is a regional partnership of industry, education and government and one of Victoria’s key economic development organisations. As part of its interest in food security and reinventing the industrial focus of Melbourne’s northern suburbs, NORTH Link is facilitating new export markets for agricultural products and food manufacturing.

Supported by the La Trobe International and prestigious Chongqing University, this study tour invited MBA students to accompany the NORTH Link delegation on this important business venture to China.

Six MBA students learnt first-hand how businesses in Melbourne’s North are working together to develop new commercial opportunities for the region. Students expanded their knowledge of international trade in the Chinese market and built professional networks.

The MBA Study Tour with NORTH Link provided an opportunity for me to experience China and international trade like no other. Incredibly grateful to have been part of the delegation, receiving in-depth learning of culture, business interactions and opportunities within Chongqing and Chengdu. The friendships and networks made were invaluable and enhanced my MBA experience exponentially. 

Alana Pendrick (OnLine La Trobe MBA student)
The NORTH Link and La Trobe MBA Delegation at Chongqing University
The NORTH Link and La Trobe MBA Delegation at Chongqing University

What happens when an MBA student combines an Experiential Learning Project with an International Study Tour?

Bhrigu worked on a growth strategy and business plan for Juanita’s Kitchen, a food manufacturing business in Coburg. Then he seized the opportunity to take Juanita’s hot sauces and spices to the Sichuan province of China on an MBA-NORTH Link Business Study Tour.

Study Tour 2019 – China proved to be one of the best experience I have had during my MBA journey so far. It was one in the lifetime opportunity for me which helped me gain deep insights about China’s culture, history, city planning, local businesses and foreign trade by being a part of a prestige delegation from Melbourne’s North which included NORTH Link and prominent government officials. Moreover, it opened pathways for networking and helped me in making some precious business networks and friends. I would like to thank the MBA Director, Dr Geraldine Kennett for providing MBA students with this wonderful opportunity which significantly and undoubtedly added value to our degree.

Bhrigu Dutt Sharma (MBA Student)

La Trobe MBA – Practical consulting skills for the future

La Trobe’s MBA students gain practical experience, deeper perspectives on business challenges and valuable contacts through a new subject that was launched in July 2018.

The Business School worked with local economic development organisation NORTH Link and other partners to identify businesses in Melbourne’s north that would benefit from a semester-long MBA consultancy. The result was a broad range of projects that will make a positive impact and directly benefit priority industry sectors in the region.

Dr Geraldine Kennett, MBA director and subject coordinator, explained that the subject has a positive impact on both students and businesses.

“Companies in our region get real assistance in solving a business challenge, which contributes to local economic development. At the same time, our MBA students use their expertise to gain real-world consultancy experience, with individual mentoring from their lecturers throughout the project. It’s a genuine win–win.”

 

 

MBA student Abdul Majeed Mohammed undertook a consultancy with the Brunswick Business Incubator (BBI), which provides premises, advice, services and support to new and emerging businesses. His client needed a marketing campaign. Abdul worked on the premises one day a week, got to know the tenant businesses and produced a detailed report that included recommendations on how BBI could remain self-sustainable in the future.

 

 

“The project gave me a unique opportunity, because you don’t normally get to do an internship in consulting. People don’t open their business to you so you can practise,” said Abdul.

“With this subject I learned a lot – how to write a consulting report was a challenge at first – and I learned how to operate on a tight timeline.Ultimately, I hope my recommendations help the incubator to succeed and grow long term. The subject was definitely a great experience.”

Abdul was invited to present his report to the BBI Board of Directors, leading to him making valuable contacts in his career field.

This new subject is a great example of how the La Trobe MBA assists students to accelerate their careers through a practical, industry-focused approach.

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