MBA success stories

Learn how previous UQ Master of Business Administration (MBA) students and alumni gained the business leadership skills, knowledge and mindset to succeed.


Discover their stories to inspire your own.

  • The rise of online marketplaces is a business trend that continues to snowball globally. In Australia alone, purchases from marketplaces have grown 74 per cent year-on-year from 2017 according to a national study.
  • Upskilling was the name of the game when energy specialist Jessie Sadler went back to university, but little did she know the experience would turn her into an entrepreneur forging new paths in fashion for the physically impaired.
  • Change-maker and HR leader Julia Poloai explains why her urge to gain global experience and make a difference in people’s lives led her to an unexpected study choice she’ll never look back from.
  • It took a devastating diagnosis for Timmothy Green, a previous Army Captain to master change and find a new purpose. He explains how the MBA helped him prepare for a new role as a consultant – and one which also allows him to spend more time with his wife-to-be.
  • Samantha Rush has always been driven by curiosity; from pulling apart and rebuilding appliances in childhood, to today rebuilding systems, processes and businesses in her career. She shares how the combination of curiosity, courage and a UQ MBA have allowed her to take the driver's seat and shape her own impact.
  • UQ MBA alumnus Matt Granfield is on a mission to change the way we think about homelessness, one room at a time, via his not-for-profit organisation Spare Keys.
  • Leading with purpose is a term that is often thrown around, but it’s one Tim Kuusik personally embodies. He started a UQ MBA to change career direction, but now the 34-year-old is laser-focused on creating social impact and transforming everything he touches for the better – from the performing arts industry to communication in bushfire zones.
  • Kellie Davis joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 2008 as an Air Combat Officer (ACO) and spent most of her career as mission crew at 2SQN on the E7-A Wedgetail. After 10 years of military service, she was ready for a new challenge.
  • Many professionals fall into the trap of progressing down a career path that starts to dictate its own trajectory – where they become a passive participant rather than an active shaper of their own professional destiny. This is exactly how Jane Lewin felt as a young lawyer – until she claimed back ownership of her path by taking a more mindful approach to focus on what she wanted to achieve.

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