MBA Applicant Voice: Finance Professional Shoots For Career In Sports

Victoria targets MBA for operational management skills

Victoria Momsen's career in finance has spanned several diverse and dynamic industries; banking, sports and non-profit.
 
After five years spent working at Australian investment banking and financial services group Macquarie, Victoria became CFO at Sydney's Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club. There, she was involved in a historic strategic and financial restructure, helping to transform the club to meet the demands of the modern sports industy.
 
Since relocating to London in 2012, Victoria has been working as a Senior Finance Business Partner for Cicle Group, one of the England's largest social housing providers. 
 
Now, she's moving back to Australia and aspires to re-enter the sports industry in an operational management role. To help facilitate this career change and to gain new experiences and new friends, Victoria is looking to apply for an MBA at Sydney's Australian Graduate School of Management.
 
What do you hope to gain from an MBA?
 
I aspire to re-enter the sports industry in an operational management role rather than finance. An MBA should help bridge this gap. Not only will an MBA provide an education in topics such as strategy, management, innovation and marketing, it will also give the opportunity to apply this learning to real-world situations.  I hope to be able to gain new skills, new perspectives and new friends by fully immersing myself in a truly international environment.
 
What are the most important factors to you when choosing a business school?
 
An international and diverse student cohort with global career goals, an innovative and modern teaching curriculum, a vibrant campus community, behind the scenes access to some of the world's leading corporations and the option to complete the course within 12-18 months. 
 
What has been the biggest challenge in the application process so far?
 
Surprisingly, the essays. Showcasing all your skills and experiences, career goals and reasons for pursuing an MBA into such a small word count proves extremely difficult.  However, the process has really helped to clarify my future career goals and narrow down my school preferences.
 
How have you prepared for the GMAT?
 
I have used the Manhattan Prep study guides, the daily Beat, the GMAT question and the lovely quiet reading rooms at the British Library.
 
Have you considered taking the GRE, and if not why do you prefer the GMAT?
 
No, I did not consider taking the GRE as the GMAT is more widely accepted by business schools and I did not want to restrict my choice of school in any way.
 
Is there any advice you would like to give to others who are considering an MBA?
 
The application process takes a lot longer than what you might think so start early!
 
How do you plan to fund your MBA?
 
Hopefully I may be eligible to receive a scholarship to help fund tuition fees. Otherwise, I plan to fund my MBA via a combination of savings and loans.

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