Where are you working?
I currently work for AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company, as a Medical Representative. I am based in Brisbane, Australia.
Why did you decide to sign up for Managing Your Career Development?
The program appealed to me as the ideal mix of subjects required to plan for and execute on key moments ahead of me in my career. With a practical outcome in mind, this made the opportunity more than just learning some new content.
What was your favorite part of the program?
Negotiation theory was definitely my favorite! Not only did we conduct a simulation of a deal which was fun, but we got time to learn from the subtleties of these interactions with our classmates and implement a framework for making deals in the future.
What did you like most about learning via HBX Live?
I thoroughly enjoyed the adrenaline of a "cold-call" - a moment to take a question from the Professor and set the scene for the class through your own eyes. This was a class where you could contribute your opinion and hear from two participants who were on opposite sides of the debate, as well as the globe.
How are you applying what you’ve learned in Managing Your Career Development?
I am now coordinating a major educational project for 50 physicians next February with three other business units at AstraZeneca. As the coordinator, all eyes are on me to make this event successful. Without understanding how to negotiate using a basic framework, I may not have reached an agreement last week with one team refusing to the original terms of participation.
Any advice for people who will be taking Managing Your Career Development?
I found the best interactions I had were with classmates who truly wanted to dive into the course material. We would chat for a whole hour before class about what might come up in class and what our insights were. This only happens if you ensure you put the time in to thoroughly review class readings well ahead of the scheduled class.
Bachelor of Science (Microbiology & Genetics) with Honors, The University of Queensland
"This was a class where you could contribute your opinion and hear from two participants who were on opposite sides of the debate, as well as the globe."