Paying it forward reaps rewards

Jo Pizzey knows as well as anyone the pool of rich talent on offer among graduates of Melbourne Business School.

Jo, Retail Marketing Consultant at National Australia Bank, completed her MBA in 2010 and has since been an ardent supporter of fellow graduates, liaising closely with Melbourne Business School’s Career Management Centre to find the right candidates to interview for positions.

“Being a graduate of the School, I have an understanding – and expectation – of the calibre of candidate I will meet through MBS, which is half the challenge when you are sorting through CVs,” Jo said.

“The value of the MBS Career Management Centre is that they take the time to understand each student, their skills and their aspirations and then take the time to understand my organisation, team and role to find a fit.

“I have met several MBS students when recruiting for roles, and those graduates that have joined our team have been great performers, are a strong cultural fit, and are establishing themselves and their careers in our organisation.”

When she was a student, juggling part-time MBA studies with various roles within NAB, Jo said the Career Management Centre offered valuable development opportunities that were relevant far beyond graduation.

“The career management skills that we learn in the short time we had at MBS were so valuable for our entire career, not just the next role,” Jo said.

“The personal service and coaching that students receive is such a special privilege. You won’t get this opportunity again.”

Career Management Centre Director John Gurskey said having the support of alumni like Jo was crucial to helping students land the right jobs, in particular the part-time cohort.

“Recruiters see a huge amount of value in someone who can work successfully full time, manage home life or their family life and go to school,” John said.

“That’s why we often find ourselves landing part-time students in jobs, and I’m proud of our track record in supporting this.”