Julie-Anne Stanford

Julie-Anne Stanford

Julie-Anne Stanford

What is your previous education and work background?
I have completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Business degree at QUT in Marketing and Public Relations and have 13 years' experience in the FMCG industry in a variety of roles between Grocery, Convenience and Route across state and national, people and account management.

Why did you decide to study the Executive MBA? What motivated you to embark on further studies?
I wanted to ensure that I continued to further my education and will continue to do so throughout my career. I felt it important to ensure that I was current and wanted to use the opportunity to have a more theoretical perspective to business given my experience in one industry over the last 13 years.

What made Monash Executive MBA stand out? Why did you choose it?
Coming from Queensland, I did not know much about the universities in Melbourne. Initially, it was to do with the proximity of the university however then the reputation of Monash was brought to my attention. Finally, the Learning and Personal Development Program was a great drawcard.

How do you think postgraduate study has helped you to achieve your career goals?
Since I commenced the MBA I have already received a promotion into a national role and have a clear succession plan outlined with the organisation. 

What have been the highlights of your experience or a most rewarding aspect of your Monash Executive MBA?
The networking that I have been able to achieve by completing my MBA has been invaluable and I know that I will continue to work with some of these people on different projects in time to come.

What areas or subjects of study did you enjoy the most and are there any areas or aspects of the programs that were challenging for you?
I have thoroughly enjoyed most subjects especially the financial subjects like accounting and data analysis. 

What strategies have you used to balance your studies with work, family and other commitments? Do you have any tips for new students embarking on the program?
I do not think there is anything that you can say to be able to prepare someone for the workload that is required to successfully complete the MBA at a high distinction level. Being organised and completing work efficiently is key and ensuring that you do not take on too many subjects at once and are therefore not capable of giving the time and effort required.