Where could an MBA from Murdoch University take you?

Nursing graduate and current MBA student Adam Kinnest shares his tips on life, study and entrepreneurship. Find out what drives Adam and how Murdoch University’s MBA is helping him to realise his career goals.

Tell us about yourself and your journey at Murdoch so far

I come from a rural working-class family and am actually the first member of my family to take on a Master’s Degree. My background and the sense of wanting to be the first, wanting to break the mould, is what drives me. This has led to my own achievements, with the launch of my business idea, Kiwa Techwear.

That drive, passion and purpose also spurred me to take on the challenge of Pitch@Palace, where I made the national round as one of the top 42 entrepreneurs in Australia and was given the opportunity to pitch my idea to an influential crowd of global business and industry leaders, including HRH The Duke of York.

Now, I work as a business manager and facilitator for Gemstar Technology, supporting Western Australian SMEs in entering the Asian market.

Why did you choose to study an MBA at Murdoch University?

I was previously a Murdoch student, and I think that definitely guided me towards considering the Murdoch MBA first. But I also believe the University is one of the most inclusive schools – it encourages diversity and inclusivity. It’s a campus for everyone and that’s a large part of why I’m here.

What do you think sets the Murdoch MBA apart from the other universities?

Murdoch has one of the most diverse group of students in its programme, and we’re working with real industry leaders. It’s quite interesting to be a part of a programme aimed specifically at people with experience, and who are looking to become more educated leaders in their fields. It’s a very holistic way of approaching this particular subject and lends well to social learning.

I also found it quite intriguing that Murdoch is one of the only universities teaching sustainable business as part of their core offerings. It’s something unique; something a little bit more than just having the usual accounting or business basics units.

Would you recommend the Murdoch MBA to others?

I think it depends on the person – this is a very specialised programme. If you’re willing to be open and have your perceptions challenged, then yes, this would really benefit you. It is ideally for people who have built up some experience in their field, as they would know how to apply the knowledge right away or in the best way for their career.

What do you hope to achieve at the end of your MBA?

My main goal is to become a stronger industry leader and a more positive voice in the business community. This programme will allow me to value-add in both my current career and in previously overlooked parts of the community.

Do you have any tips for current or future MBA students?

One of the main lessons I have learnt through my Murdoch journey is that you get back what you put in. It’s about investing in yourself, surrounding yourself with positive people and good mentors –that’s the way I have gotten through and achieved what I have.

Explore Murdoch’s 1-year MBA programme to boost your career

Whether you are at the beginning of your career or have many years of experience in the working world, you can pursue an MBA programme to upskill yourself.

To find out more, click on the programme:
Master of Business Administration

Murdoch also offers a Double Master Degree programme (Master of Business Administration and Master of Human Resources Management). Set yourself apart by completing two Master’s qualifications in the same time. This programme allows you to specialise in both areas – learning the business skills and acumen and acquire human resources skill sets to take you to the next level of your career.

To find out more, click on the programme:
Double Master’s Degree (Master of Business Administration + Master of Human Resources Management)

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