Post graduate studies boost business leadership

Julie Williams says that Notre Dame's strongly embedded values, ethos and culture have enabled her to acquire not just a tertiary qualification, but have also enriched her personally and professionally.

18 June 2014

Studying a postgraduate degree strongly aligned to the practical realities of the corporate world in a flexible and friendly study environment has helped Notre Dame Business alumna, Julie Williams, make a difference to her career.

Having been employed in the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth for a number of years, Ms Williams sought to expand her professional skills to provide further benefit for her employer.

Graduating in December 2013 with a Master of Business Leadership (with Distinction) from The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus, Ms Williams said she found the University's community atmosphere and integration of ethics into the business curriculum as a core unit of study to be influential factors when it came to choosing an institution for postgraduate study.

"After examining the postgraduate courses being offered by various universities, I determined that Notre Dame's MBL course provided the range of units that would best complement my working environment and procure the professional training I needed to enhance my skills, knowledge and career opportunities," Ms Williams said.

"Most significantly, I recognised that Notre Dame's culture, ethos and values were closely aligned to my own. This ability to integrate my personal and professional values within a University that upheld a similar philosophy was a key factor in my decision to study at Notre Dame."

Ms Williams enrolled in the MBL in Semester 2 2011. With flexible study options available, Ms Williams was able to complete her postgraduate study part-time, whilst working full-time for the Archdiocese.

Whilst undertaking the MBL program, Ms Williams received a promotion to Manager of Corporate Services for the Archdiocese. This enabled her to deliver further corporate governance and additional business support to Perth's Archdiocesan Agencies and Organisations.

"Having been accepted to study the MBL course I was impressed by the support received from University lecturers and administration staff throughout my studies," Ms Williams said.

"Importantly, the units offered through the MBL are strongly aligned to the practical realities of the business environment. This business relevance provided me with the opportunity to directly assist a number of Archdiocesan Agencies, particularly through the development of strategic, international and management information system business plans."

Ms Williams said the MBL course promoted a culture that equipped students with the necessary tools to display exemplary leadership in the community.

"The opportunity to study at a tertiary level and be awarded an MBL has been a long held ambition of mine," Ms Williams said.

"I am convinced that Notre Dame's strongly embedded values, ethos and culture have enabled me to acquire not just a tertiary qualification but have enriched me personally and professionally."

Dean of the School of Business in Fremantle, Professor Chris Doepel, said it was a privilege to work with students such as Julie Williams to assist them fulfil their potential.

"Many professional people have loads of experience and just need that extra confidence that comes from successful postgraduate study to consolidate their leadership abilities and technical business skills. They leave us transformed and re-energised, and their employers tell us they make a real difference to the business," Professor Doepel said.

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