Meet the Quantic MBA Class of 2022: Kate Jumeaux
“I am a hardworking, adventurous, motivated professional who likes to take risks. “
City State Country: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Fun fact about yourself: I love anything related to water sports, be it wakeboarding, windsurfing, water skiing or even “frozen” water sports – skiing and snowboarding.
Undergraduate and major school: Curtin University of Technology, Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance
Current employer and job title: Leidos, Australia, Project Manager
Why did you choose an online format like Quantic? I like to work in a more agile direction, to learn iteratively at a different pace, when it suits me. I live a busy life by choice. Between work, socializing, and board meetings, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and watch a long lecture or attend a long class. This format helps me integrate into my studies in my personal time in order to have a better balance between work, study and life.
I also chose the program for the community of other students and alumni around the world with whom I can connect and collaborate. Diversity of thought is something that I am really excited to learn and contribute to in the group work and throughout this experience.
Nonetheless, the format and programming allow me to continue working and investing in my career while I study and work towards earning my MBA.
Apart from your classmates, what was the key element of Quantic programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I think it was the amount of information and the way it’s structured, as well as the ability to move forward at your own pace and start the topics early if you want. The information I had was a key factor in my decision. The lessons are continuously developed and updated. The fact that Quantic students are fortunate enough to have access to this information even after graduation actually allows me to continue learning. With the speed at which our world is changing, having access to up-to-date and relevant information is extremely important to ensure that we are well informed and educated in the respective fields.
Give us an example of a lesson you learned during your Quantic MBA and how did you apply it to work? I think a key part of my experience so far is learning that traditional methods aren’t always the best. It’s important to embrace the changes and do things differently, like the way this MBA is run.
Quantic is a highly competitive program and only around 10% of students who apply to the MBA program are admitted. What advice would you give to someone who intends to apply to Quantic to increase their chances of being accepted?
I was very reluctant to apply personally, but decided to give it a try. I think it’s important to try! During the past year, I had completed significant professional training by taking industry courses and took advantage of all the learning opportunities available to me. I think an attitude towards growth and development is the key to display throughout the process. Also, do as much research as possible, and don’t forget to take your business foundation courses.
What achievement are you most proud of as an MBA student and why? I’m just thinking of taking the risk and applying for the program. I wasn’t sure if I would go there.
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career and why? In my professional career, I think I am the most proud of the risks I have taken. I took an important time off to take the opportunity to study at Stanford University for a semester, which turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences and changed my career path.
I also made an important pivot, after studying accounting and finance and then moving across the country during COVID to start a graduate position in project management, in a city where I only knew ‘a single person. This experience has fueled tremendous growth, both personally and technically, and has given me the opportunity to grow and really kick-start my career. I was also recently nominated for an industry award which is very exciting to get recognition for all of the hard work I have put in over the past 18 months.
What is your ultimate long-term professional goal and how has your MBA studies helped you progress in this field? I don’t necessarily have a long-term professional goal. I think there is a beauty in the unknown and not having a goal set so to speak, which allows you to explore opportunities that you may not have considered before. I really am someone who is determined to achieve, even though I don’t have a specific goal in mind so to speak. I am motivated to participate and work on projects that I am passionate about with amazing and talented colleagues, to have an impact and to be challenged to continuously improve myself. Whether it’s developing my leadership or my technical skills, I want to continue to grow and develop in all aspects of my life, career or whatever.