Pablo Mezzadri went into a 16-month MBA program at Sydney’s Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) with dreams of becoming a management consultant.
After five years working for JPMorgan in his native Argentina, Pablo looked to AGSM – ranked among the top 60 MBA programs in the world by the Financial Times – for a career change.
At AGSM, he led the organizing committee for the first ever Asia-Pacific consulting case competition in Australia. Two months before graduation, he took the MBA triple jump – changing industry, location, and role – and landed a job at Infosys Portland, a boutique management consulting firm based in Sydney.
He’s not alone. 85% of AGSM MBA students land jobs within three months of graduation. AGSM boasts a 10,000-strong alumni network extended across 68 countries worldwide. One in five are in vice president positions or higher in their organizations.
Among them, Pablo’s new girlfriend and life-partner, who he met during his MBA.
How did the job at Infosys come about?
I got my current job thanks to AGSM’s alumni network. When I first applied to my current employer I didn’t receive any reply, but after being referred by an AGSM alumnus working here, I was called right away.
The recent transition that I made could be referred to as a professional “triple jump” because I changed location, industry, and role. I prefer to say that I crossed a bridge. And that bridge is AGSM.
Why did you decide to pursue an MBA at AGSM?
I decided to leave JPMorgan after almost five years because I I wanted to become a management consultant. My work experience was in banking operations, process improvement, and growth strategy. Therefore, from my perspective, the best way to transition to consulting was through an MBA.
I did some research about Australia’s top business schools because I wanted to relocate in Sydney. I realized my profile matched with what AGSM was looking and decided not to apply to any other business school. I could feel that my destiny was written at AGSM.
Why did you decide against pursuing an MBA in Europe or the US, in favor of an MBA in Australia?
In 2008, I visited Australia for the first time and fell in love with this country. A few years later, while deciding where to do my MBA, I thought it would add value if I did it in an English-speaking country. I liked the idea of having a cultural exchange and improving my English proficiency. Plus, it was the perfect excuse to come back to Sydney.
I would recommend others to do the same if they are willing to relocate to Australia. The AGSM network is a very helpful tool and it played a fundamental role in my job search.
What should applicants think about when deciding to do an MBA?
Take a step backwards and think about what you really want to get out of an MBA. I know some applicants are not sure of what they want and expect to have some kind of epiphany during the MBA. But my recommendation is to imagine the MBA as a key that can open doors.
What doors? That’s up to each candidate to find out. Once you have this answer, it will be easier for you to decide which school is best able to match your expectations.