Hi all, I am Milan, and I am 29 years old. I have been studying towards my MBA for 3 semesters, and have 3 more left. I already have a Masters in Economics from my home country, Slovakia, and have worked professionally in finance for 10 years. My previous position in Slovakia was fraud investigator/analyst for a bank. My motivation to study in Australia or "Straya" was to sharpen my English skills and to be ready for managerial negotiations at the top levels. I decided months ago to leave my work and let my journey begin.
I came here with my girlfriend and suddenly all costs and problems became easier. My adaptation was very quick as Australia is very close to my own culture. It is like a piece of Europe down under, of course with exotic fauna and flora. First thing after our arrival was the moment I spotted beautiful Burleigh Heads beach through the "portal" aligned with wooden rails and tiled on the bottom with hot sand.
I said to myself that must be in paradise and I felt really enthusiastic because of warmer weather, in comparison to Europe in that period of year. That was the second reason why I went, instead of Sydney or Melbourne, to Gold Coast. My first steps went through EAP (English) course and then to MBA.
I enjoy the study style in Australia. The style provides great opportunities to study subjects at a higher age with practical experience. It helps me decipher between the more and less important information and to pick up the most useful information for me (when I understand :D ). I really appreciate studying and being here, so far away from my home country, everything on my own and on my own costs as I am self-financing everything by myself. It is really tough and a life-changing experience which revealed the true essence of being: family, love and friends. Australia has taught me a lot and opened my eyes. It is really tremendous as I feel like the location is a holiday spot.
In the future, I am somewhat considering getting a PhD after my MBA. After that, I want to go back to my country and implement my knowledge and experience to public welfare. I feel that I love my country a lot and I have to give a little bit back.