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My name is Julie Irwin and I have completed a Master of Business Administration at CQUniversity.

Most of my working life has been involved in government roles in private enterprise and in the not-for-profit sector. I’ve spent the last 13 years of my life in the disability sector, so I’ve been able to see all the changes that have come about in the field in the last few years.

My reason for wanting an MBA was to be more strategic, have wider knowledge and be more effective in my current role. My real goal, however, is to make a difference in people’s lives. I love working with people so the idea of being able to work in a role where I could help them feel valued for what they’re doing and make communities feel more inclusive excites me. Understanding the business from the inside and how it operates is so important in being able to make this happen.

CQUniversity is extremely well regarded in the communities it operates in, and that says a lot. I really loved how inclusive it is. I did a lot of research online before I chose to study with CQUni and it was definitely the one that really stood out as the one for me. It allowed me to be as flexible as I needed to be. I was able to study completely online which enabled me to hold on to my full-time job and study part time at home with a cup of tea in my hands. It was the whole package.

I could not have completed the MBA if it hadn’t been online. I work in a role where I travel all the time so I needed to be able to study anywhere, as long as I had my computer and the internet. I sure spent a lot of time studying in motels!

I had such a wonderful learning experience during my time at CQUniversity. I’ve been inspired by leaders that have done amazing things in their countries, communities and workplaces and it’s been incredible finding out exactly what it is that motivates them.

Completing an MBA is definitely a commitment, but it’s a commitment that you’ll never regret because you learn so much invaluable information. It’s an irreplaceable experience and CQUniversity provided that for me. I can’t speak highly enough of the lecturers and the staff and my whole experience has been one I’ll treasure forever.

I would encourage anybody who is thinking about postgraduate study to go for it; CQUniversity has helped me to get where I want to be and put me on the path to where I want to be going.

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