Family affair

These West Australians have turned their MBA into a family affair

It is not uncommon for siblings to study at the same university. But the whole family? And study the same course?

This is exactly what a WA-area family of four does – and continues to grow their family business along the way.

Zachary Wood was the first to decide to apply for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Edith Cowan University (ECU). After pointing out the benefits of his career and how it could help grow his business, he was soon followed by his sister Emilya, father Sean and mother Cathy.

“ECU offers flexible course delivery for people with busy lives, different working hours, different time zones in opposite parts of Australia,” said Ms Cathy Wood.

“With Zac running his own software company from Canberra, Emilya working as an accountant in Perth and Sean and I running the family truck stop in Brookton, the ability to study part-time and online made ECU a great choice. .”

There are several options for studying an MBA at ECU: on-campus in Perth or online, full-time or part-time, during summer courses and in week-long intensive units or in block mode.

“Choosing to study online allows regional families like ours to continue to live, work and contribute to the city we love.”

The Wood family combines their individual expertise and newfound business knowledge to grow the family business – and enjoy more face-to-face time together.

“Even though we don’t all study the same topics, we constantly talk about how we can apply what we learn to our industry,” Ms. Wood said.

A range of 16 MBA specializations are offered at ECU so you can tailor your study to suit your chosen career path.

Cathy and Sean are using the MBA to build a strong foundation for their new business, HASS Foods.

“HASS Foods is our own unique line of food products not yet available on the global market, which offers people fun and easy ways to get their five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit every day.

“These include dry bread mixes that just add water and bake.”

Their son Zac is using the MBA to develop his business skills and influence in the tech industry and Emilya aims to transition into a career in farm management, while helping the family business.

No matter your age or background, an MBA can take you where you want to go.

“It’s more than a business education. It’s about developing you as a person so you can have a greater impact on the world around you,” Ms Wood said.

“The MBA provides a platform for younger generations to build a solid foundation of business skills to use in the real world, while more experienced professionals are able to augment their existing skills to broaden their horizons, improve their business and develop their careers.

Ms Wood said she believed everyone at ECU wanted to see them succeed.

“The university staff are genuinely interested in helping you get the most out of the MBA, connecting you with industry contacts, providing one-on-one assistance with coursework and helping you apply your learnings to your chosen business or field.

“We have been blown away by the effort the school puts into extracurricular activities and resources to enhance our educational experience and work life.”

ECU’s dedicated approach to student support was recognized last Guide to good universities results (2022) as the best WA university for student support, learning resources, and overall postgraduate business and management experience.