Filling in the gaps

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 June, 2012, 12:00am

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Hong Kong-born James Osmund moved to Canada with his family when he was eight years old. He pursued his secondary and further education there, obtaining a university degree in fine arts and, subsequently, a diploma in multimedia and film from Vancouver Film School.

Although Osmund loved life in Canada, he did not believe it would be a good place to develop his career. As he still had relations in Hong Kong, he decided to move back to the city in 2000, and has worked in the booming internet industry ever since.

However, he felt that certain aspects of his education needed to be supplemented with further study. His friends' favourable reviews of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) prompted him to enrol in its part-time MBA programme. Osmund, currently director of non-linear products for Fox International Channels, expects to finish his MGSM MBA in early 2014.

Why did you opt for an MBA?

As I began considering senior executive positions, I felt there were certain 'knowledge gaps' - such as finance and business management - which could be filled by entering an MBA programme. Besides, as I had already obtained a university degree in fine arts, and had previously worked in the internet industry, my background was more or less in the creative field. So I think it necessary to have more concrete knowledge in areas such as business management.

Why did you choose MGSM?

It has a well-rated and well-respected programme that catered to my personal and work demands. With a curriculum focusing on Asia, it adds to my more than 15 years' work experience in the region that I find of great value in my current job.

Are you funding your own studies or is your company paying for you?

I am primarily funding my studies, so I need to be cost-conscious. My last employer did not supplement MBA studies specifically, but did offer a general education subsidy per certification, per year.

How do you see yourself after graduation? In three to five years?

The MBA is for me a longer-term commitment. I hope to expand my current knowledge base so that in three to five years, I can consider more options outside the industry that I currently work in.