MBA graduate gets down to business
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Singapore-based Judy Howison is using her newly-acquired MBA from the University of Adelaide to provide career advice to students of one of the world's leading executive education schools.
Ms Howison is a counsellor at the INSEAD Singapore Campus, contracting her services through her private company, Consulting for Global Business.
INSEAD is an international business school with campuses in Europe (France) and Asia (Singapore). More than 7000 executives from around the world take part in its programs each year.
Ms Howison grew up in Melbourne and worked in the UK and Europe before returning to Australia with her husband in 1990 and relocating to Asia in 1996. She has enjoyed a successful career in the executive search, IT, higher education, media and construction industries.
"Living and working in Singapore has been a great experience, but it presented some challenges in the beginning. The positive work attitude and high level of productivity now reflect a globalised nation where people can share innovative ideas, start new businesses and engage in exciting career opportunities."
Her consulting company provides services in human resources, counselling and English language to firms and individuals throughout Asia Pacific.
Despite her extensive experience, Ms Howison found that in order to keep pace with a dynamic business environment, an MBA was necessary. In 2006 she enrolled at the University of Adelaide's partner campus in Singapore, the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.
"I chose the University of Adelaide because of its long reputation in education and the convenience of a campus in Singapore. Because of the flexibility the MBA allowed, I was able to continue running my own business and allocate blocks of time to study."
A spin-off of her MBA qualification will be a new series of communication workshops offered by her company to corporate organisations in Singapore.
"The MBA has been a wonderful learning experience and opened up some great opportunities for me to expand my company," she said.
Ms Howison will graduate at the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre this Saturday April 21.