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Marina Sarkoski

Marina Sarkoski's postgraduate studies helped her become job-ready

No matter what lifestyle you lead, studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) can open up a world of opportunity to grow your career.

The MBA at ECU is all about you – meaning your study experience is tailored to suit your life so you can find the right balance.

ECU provides flexible study options with opportunities to study on campus, online, full-time, part-time, during summer school or one-week intensive mode – it's up to you.

ECU's MBA can be completed in two years if you study full-time, however Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas are nested within the course. This means you can complete a Graduate Certificate in six months, or a Graduate Diploma in one year of full-time study. You can choose to work through the course whichever way that suits your needs, while receiving credits towards the full MBA.

Build career networks

With a focus on connecting students with industry, the university's business programs provide the opportunity to participate in industry projects and networking events to put your career development tools into practice.

A range of 13 MBA specialisations are offered so you can adapt your study to suit your chosen career path.

Marina Sarkoski is currently studying the Health Care Leadership and Management specialisation of the MBA, after progressing into the MBA program from a Graduate Certificate.

After migrating to Australia from Macedonia with a Bachelor of Law, Ms Sarkoski found transferring her knowledge and experience challenging.

"I started working in retail, however my passion was to be a successful businesswoman and run my own business consultancy firm," Ms Sarkoski said.

"This is when I realised that it would be impossible for me to achieve my goals and build a successful career without the relevant education. For this reason, I decided to pursue postgraduate studies."

Become job-ready

Ms Sarkoski completed the Graduate Certificate of Business in 2018 and the Graduate Diploma of Business in 2019.

After completing her qualifications with High Distinction, Ms Sarkoski was awarded an ECU Business and Law Excellence Scholarship for the remainder of her MBA studies. This is awarded to those who show excellence in their field and a commitment to their studies.

Having to study for the first time in Australia and not understanding the education system, Ms Sarkoski said this was one of her biggest challenges in her first semester, but ECU staff helped with her transition.

"With the help of ECU staff, I was able to transition very quickly and complete two postgraduate courses in business and enrol in the MBA. The postgraduate courses have helped me to secure a Coordinator of Executive and Business Services role at WA Country Health Service (WACHS)," she said.

ECU's dedicated approach to student support was recognised in the 2021 Good Universities Guide, which awarded ECU five stars and the number one WA public university for learning resources for postgraduate study.

According to Ms Sarkoski, the postgraduate studies from ECU helped her gain the right skills and knowledge in the different areas of business, which she has applied to her current role.

"I have learnt how to efficiently and effectively deliver strategic services to internal and external stakeholders that are cost-effective and aligned to business objectives," she said.

Opportunity for growth

Ms Sarkoski said she never imagined an MBA could provide her more than just knowledge.

"During my studies, I learnt about leadership and how to empower and motivate staff to excel in their careers," she said.

"I am now more confident, I have better self-regulation skills and I have expanded my network with well-respected professionals from across many industries."

It's never too late for a new beginning. Apply now at ecuworldready.com.au/business.

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