My father is an academic and realised that Swinburne would be the best executive education in the country for me. When I started I was still in the kitchen and I really liked the way I was able to do it in stages and build up to my MBA.
I now employ 600 people. I look for people who have a strong academic record and real work experience – Swinburne offers both. It’s an important concept and a great competitive advantage for Swinburne.
Employer hiring patterns are changing drastically. For example 30 per cent of Google’s new hires are not university graduates. Random House UK no longer needs you to have an undergraduate degree to work for their company. That’s why these industries are partnering with higher education. It’s also what employers want: practical real-world workplace skills.
My advice to students is to do what makes you happy and find the right educational fit. You’ve got to be passionate about what you do – it will create endless opportunities.
I still keep in touch with people from my cohort and there is quite a strong network. Networking is a critical component in career progression. While you’re studying at university, consider how you can build professional connections to open doors. Networking has particularly expanded my business networks in Australia, which is really important for someone who spends a lot of time overseas.”
In 2016 Nick was offered a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States.