Stephanie Oates – MBA Graduate
“Griffith’s MBA is not just about learning content to a certain standard, it’s about the discussions and discovery of new ideas.”
For Stephanie Oates, life is all about pursuing her passions for music, education and the environment.
These passions have taken the 33-year-old on a colourful career journey around Australia. She says each new pursuit is informed by the MBA degree she is studying part-time with the Griffith Business School.
“I just love its flexibility of delivery and the structure of the MBA content. It is not just about learning content to a certain standard, it’s about the discussions and discovery of new ideas.
“The ever-changing and constantly improving philosophy of the MBA really speaks to its students.”
Stephanie started her MBA studies in 2009 while working in the construction industry. She had previously worked as a music teacher in Darwin and Southeast Queensland.
“It’s the best job I ever had. I was paid to share my love of knowledge with others,” she says.
“I decided to leave teaching on a high. I didn’t want to become a crabby old teacher and I wanted a new challenge.”
Three weeks later she was in the construction industry, a change that eventually led her to the fly- in fly-out world of Emerald where she worked as a management consultant for almost two years.
Her spell in the resources sector, where she used mediation and communications skills to link major mining business clients with other groups in the sector, also helped her understanding how others saw the world.
“You learn to change your thinking through your interactions with these people.”
With the backing of her MBA she is now starting an electronic music school, which will teach students how to become a DJ, work in production or develop the art of turn-tabling.
“With the right knowledge, I’ve been able to turn what I love into what I do! “ Stephanie said.