Maree | Graduate Certificate in Applied Business
As a professional who has worked in legal services for 16 years, Maree Goodrick is no stranger to hard work.
Maree commenced her career within the legal sector in 2000. Shortly following her move from Hobart to Melbourne in 2011, it wasn’t long before her talent was recognised by one of Melbourne’s most established legal practices when Maree took up the role of Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Partners.
In this position, Maree’s biggest challenges were working in a particularly demanding and fast-paced environment, where changes happen quickly and clients require prompt advice. Despite performing well in this setting, Maree was encouraged to formalise her experience with qualifications. This gentle nudge came from her partners who were, and continue to be, highly supportive of her ongoing career development.
She selected Swinburne for her studies primarily due to the flexibility of delivery: the course she nominated, the Diploma of Management, is designed specifically for working professionals.
Maree completed her Diploma of Management in July 2015 and went on to complete a Diploma of Human Resources Management in December 2015. She is now on the verge of completing her first postgraduate qualification, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Business.
She articulates the key value of her study, particularly the Graduate Certificate, as enabling her to have a clear shift in thinking processes - “My thinking has developed and I can see things from different angles. I can see things from others’ perspectives more clearly and communicate more persuasively. I now think strategically – something I was unable to do prior to undertaking my studies with Swinburne.”
As this was the first time she had studied in over 10 years, Maree was admittedly a bit nervous to begin with, but now she reflects on her learning journey as a very positive experience.
Maree attributes her increased confidence to the facilitators who have vast experience in the corporate world and use practical terminology relevant to a professional, as well as the learning advisors who helped her along the journey. “The support and guidance from the learning advisors was crucial. They made a really important contribution and I’m grateful for that.”
Maree also explains that the expertise she has gained, “has enhanced her leadership skills to push her to the next level.”
The next level is looking good for Maree, as her commitment to her study and her application of knowledge back into the workplace has enabled her to gain a significant promotion at her firm. Maree will shortly be joining the senior management team in a leadership position working with the CEO, partners and practice group leaders to implement firm wide improvement projects and drive business development opportunities.
She has big plans she would like to implement as part of her new role, but her ambition doesn’t stop there.
Once she completes the Graduate Certificate in Applied Business, Maree has plans to continue the learning pathway right through to an MBA (Master of Business Administration) or an MBM (Master of Business Management) with Swinburne. She would like to be more involved with the wider community and has aspirations to join a not for profit board or committee in an area she is passionate about, so she can help those outside of her workplace as well.
Maree has become a true leader with the assistance of the studies she has undertaken - “I have had significant support and encouragement in the course of my career and throughout my studies and now I believe it’s my time to pay it forward.”
Published on Friday 9 September 2016
This article was correct at the time of publication