Practical Learning is a Good Fit for Engineering, Mining and Resources Sector

Simon Ives, from Glencore, recently won a complimentary pass to undertake a professional development module, Leading Self and Others, within QUTeX’s Enterprise Leadership program.

This was part of QUTeX’s drive to understand what professionals think of QUTeX’s Executive Education short courses, and how they apply to the Engineering, Mining and Resources sector.

I recently caught up with Simon to get feedback about his experience at QUTeX and how this course applied in his industry. Here is what Simon had to say…

I am a full-stack HR professional solving business-critical problems in relation to People and Performance. I’m currently heading up Glencore Copper’s global Human Capital Management Transformation program.

Who or what motivated you to take part in the course?

My organisation has done a bit of work with QUTeX recently and the course content looked like a good fit. Considering some of the projects I was working on at the time, it was a good opportunity to experience firsthand some of the theories and language that are commonly understood throughout our business.

Beyond this, I am an advocate of lifelong learning. Even after completing an MBA, I regularly explore and engage in a variety of professional development opportunities.

How have you applied your learnings?

The workplace project, which is completed in the month between day#1 and day#2 of the course, was a great opportunity to quickly apply and reflect on my learnings.

This process allowed me to focus on some of the practical applications of models and theorems, which were most relevant to a current work challenge – this was very useful.

Of note were the discussions of the SCARF model within a Change Management context and how various individuals, and the organisations they work within, have experienced, and overcome related challenges.

What was the highlight of your study experience?

It was excellent being able to discuss challenges with peers from different organisations and different industries. Often study is very individually focused, however, the QUTeX course design really drove discussion and collaboration amongst the participants.

It’s been one month since you finished, are you still applying your learnings?

I certainly review and provide input into some of the change management work with fresh eyes.

One of the other benefits became apparent when working with a large contingent of QUT alumni (both MBA and QUTeX) at work. We were discussing and developing a change strategy and there was widespread understanding of team personas, the application of the SCARF model, and overall a common QUT language amongst the leadership group. No explanation necessary.

What advice would you give to someone looking at trying to do what you have done?

The way QUTeX delivers its executive education is clearly and uniquely tailored to full-time working professionals.

Participating in this course has been unlike previous studies, which I feel are usually not structured to allow participants to succeed both professionally and academically.

The QUTeX course is a higher level of learning that is conducive to succeeding as a professional, cognizant of abilities and commitments.

by Simon Ives

QUTeX short courses and professional development


Adam Lenihan is a Corporate Partnership Manager at QUT, leading a portfolio of corporate education partnerships in the mining, resources, construction, and utilities sectors. Adam works with his clients to develop a thorough understanding of their executive and professional development needs to deliver high-impact, real world education partnerships and leadership development programs. Adam’s partnership activities for QUT have resulted in a range of specially designed programs that have harnessed the University’s capabilities to develop leaders and equip organisations with the skills and confidence to succeed in complex, ambiguous, future-focussed and emergent environments. Adam holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Security Studies, a Bachelor of Creative Industries (BCI), and is recognised as a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML) and in 2019 was awarded the Chartered Manager (CMgr) designation by the Chartered Management Institute.

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