Recent graduate Sarah Dunstan, MBA (Exec) 2013, has secured a dream job as Industry Manager, Online Travel at Google.
I made my career choice because... I sat down and really thought about what I love to do in a job. I am a big believer in positive psychology, and part of this says that we should do the things we love doing, as this makes us the happiest. For me, the things I like best in a job are drawing insights from data, working in teams, being challenged, influencing others, and coaching! My current role has all of those elements in spades, and is the main reason why I chose to work at Google.
If I had known then what I know now, I would have... put more time aside for coaching. Inspired by the MBA program, I currently engage in peer to peer coaching with a fellow AGSM @ UNSW Business School student. We meet once a fortnight and work through a challenge we are facing at work. I find that taking time out to clear my headspace, focusing on one issue, and having someone challenge my thinking in new ways to be invaluable.
My most impressive achievement is... reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and raising over $10,000 for Kid's Helpline Charity in the process. Climbing Mt Kili is something I never thought that I was capable of doing, but I did it! It was by far the toughest challenge I have put myself through, however the sense of achievement I now feel was worth the pain. In a funny sort of way, climbing Mt Kili gave me the courage to make such a big career move on completion of my MBA, as I now have the confidence to go out and tackle new challenges.
At the moment I’m inspired by... TED Talks. I subscribe to the TED YouTube channel (shameless Google product plug) and am inspired by the different types of videos that land in my inbox. I am constantly inspired by amazing people such as Janine Shepherd who overcame unbelievable adversity to achieve things that most mere mortals wouldn't dream of and Shabana Basij-Rasik who spoke about her experience with education in Afghanistan and reminded me that education is definitely not to be taken for granted. I try to watch at least three talks a week to broaden my horizons and maintain a healthy perspective!
Others say I… always like a new challenge.
My greatest goal that I’m yet to achieve… is helping SeeBeyondBorders (an amazing Australian charity that I am involved with) to secure a sustainable source of funding to continue their great work empowering Cambodian children with education.