Sacred Heart Mission

Katie Rich, MBSSA committee member and Sacred Heart Mission (SHM) volunteer, claims that the most valuable part of SHM volunteering is the chance to engage with other members of the community:

“I loved getting to know other people. These are volunteers who step outside of their own lives, and dedicate their time to serving others. It’s inspiring to see people dedicate their time to help others. It’s also a very humbling experience”.

Like Katie, SHM volunteers are humbled by the experience of volunteering. Many report a deeper appreciation for their own lives as well as gaining insight into some of society’s most pressing issues. Furthermore, volunteers and visitors alike revel in the opportunity to hear the unique stories of mission patrons. Mamta Mehra, alludes to the important perspective she gained during her time as an SHM volunteer:

“Take a minute and count your blessings – that’s the perspective you gain from one visit to Sacred Heart and volunteering as part of SHM. It was an overall humbling experience and made me realise that every gesture, all the words of encouragement and acts of kindness counts and can make or break another’s day”.

At the MBSSA, we are continuously looking for ways to give back to the wider community. One of the leading ways we demonstrate this is through our Sacred Heart Mission initiative. SHM is a series of volunteering sessions that involve a group of students, like Katie and Mamta, who give up their Saturday morning to serve meals at the Sacred Heart Mission Kitchen. The Sacred Heart Mission kitchen provides hot meals to socially and financially disadvantaged individuals 365 days a year. The mission is located within the iconic suburb of St Kilda, a Melbourne gem that is known for its diversity and being home to some of Melbourne’s most marginalised communities.

We are privileged to have a long standing friendship with SHM and to be able to help students get involved every semester. If you’d like to volunteer on over the holidays, please head here.

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Thank you to all the students who showed enthusiasm and registered within minutes of our registration link being released. This is true testimony to the goodwill of our students as well as their engagement with broader social issues.

MBSSA’s SHM initiatives run regularly throughout the semester. Our next instalment will occur in 2019.

The Business Practicum goes interstate!

The MBS offers a range of opportunities for current and incoming students.
As the university strives to increase the opportunities available, students find themselves eager to dive in and try them all! This year, MBSSA student Jessica Darmanin participated in the first interstate Business Practicum. Based in Sydney, this intake saw a group of passionate students dive into an exciting two weeks in an iconic city!

The Business Practicum, wether global or domestic is potentially one of the greatest things a student can do for their personal and professional development.

Click here to read more!

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Pictured above: Jessica Darmanin, Gihan Boteju, Yawen (Freya) Liu, Yiji Chen and Strategic Projects Manager of Publicis Media, Scott Ramsay.

MBSSA Case Competition, 2018

As week 11 draws to a close, the MBSSA reflect upon the semester, specifically upon some of the most-value adding events offered to students. One of the largest professional experiences provided is the MBSSA Case Competition.

This year, a record of 83 teams registered. These teams were excited to
put theory into practice to deliver innovative solutions to a real-world business case presented by Ericsson. A big thanks to the other key partners, the Melbourne Business School, Accenture and 180 Degrees Consulting.

Current student, Angie Zhang has been extremely involved with Case Competitions throughout her university experience. Head here to view her thoughts!

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Pictured above:
Teammates Zelin Chen, Angie Zhang, Maria Pilar and Karla Caraan with MBS Deputy Dean Nasser Spear, Senior Manager at Accenture Bhaskar Puranik and Head of Innovation at Ericsson Australia & NewZealand, Sarah Goss.

Making the most of your Masters!

Masters is a prime opportunity to make wonderful memories and connections that will remain with you for many years to come. We recognise, however, that at times it can be daunting. So if you are a student still trying to find your feet, check out our top tips for diving into the MBSSA community. We start of with some tips for maximising your social experience.

Social:

1.Join a club

University clubs cater for a range of different academic and non-academic interests. From pilates to actuarial studies, there is sure to be something that takes your interest! At the MBSSA, we place great value on engaging new members, thus, we can guarantee that every effort will be made to make you feel at home. A great way to meet individuals with similar passions or hobbies as yourself is to come along to our regular MBSSA events.

2. Talk to that person next to you

So many wonderful things can come from simply starting a conversation with the person next to you. Countless long-term friendships have started in the lecture/tutorial room, making one’s university experience that little bit more complete. As intimidating as speaking to a stranger may be, take reassurance that 99% of the time, that person is in the exact same position, new and wanting meet new people but too shy to make it happen. Connection opens the door to further networking opportunities, events and involvement so do it and see what happens!

3. Speak up in class

The beauty of Masters is that everyone is at a level of maturity where judgement is deemed pointless. Want the tutor to repeat a point? Particularly interested in a topic and want to put forth your opinion? Go for it! Students at a Masters level are there because they genuinely want to be, thus, your contribution is likely to be of great benefit to those around you.

4. Update all socials

Yet another grievance frequently echoed by former undergrad students is that they missed out because they simply did not get the memo that certain opportunities were available at their university. In this day and age, the key to staying aware and avoiding ‘FOMO’ is to like/follow relevant organisations! Ensure that you visit join any major faculty social networking platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, as well as subscribing to mailing lists. The more platforms you visit, the more exposure you will have to all that is going on within your faculty and wider university community. A great place to start is by liking and following the MBS Student Association Facebook page, Instagram and LinkedIn as we are continuously updating our pages with upcoming events in the MBSSA community.

Professional:

At the MBSSA, we recognise that Masters is also an invaluable opportunity to consolidate your professional capabilities. The following tips outline ways to enhance your professional portfolio while still completing your studies:

1. See your worth as an employee

Many university students underestimate the value that their skills and knowledge hold for employees. There is a plethora of internships and employment opportunities out there aimed directly at student involvement. This is the point where you stop doubting yourself and dive in. Career experience during university can act to solidify knowledge attained in the classroom setting and allow a truly ‘hands-on’ experience. University career portals is your first port of call, you’ve got nothing to lose!

2.Volunteer

Members of the MBSSA community s tend to gravitate towards and seek out opportunities to volunteer. Giving back or helping those in need, allows you to actively contribute to society and provides an extreme sense of fulfilment. A quick google can reveal volunteering opportunities, or else, many student committees are aligned with volunteer work.

MBSSA is proud to regularly engage with Sacred Heart Mission. Every day of the year, Sacred Heart Mission helps hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged individuals find their feet by offering them shelter, food and care in an environment that is welcoming, supportive and non-judgemental. Keep an eye on the MBSSA socials for the next round of registration for this invaluable opportunity to give back.