Alumni Profile - Greg Collins (MBus '05, CertCom '06)


Greg Collins

Name: Greg Collins

Current Position, Organisation: Software Director South Pacific Region, HP

Describe yourself in 3 words: Daring, Adventurous, Ambitious

Nationality/cultural identity: Australian

Languages spoken: English and Swedish

Countries lived/worked in: Australia, Singapore, Sweden, USA

Best book you have read in the last 12 months: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey.
To achieve our goals, we need to master everyday habits and human principles (positive and negative).

Daily website 'favourites': Svdney Morning Herald and Financial Review keep me updated with local and world events. Personally, Facebook and other social media because of the way it has revolutionised the way we interact socially.

Motto to live/work by: "The sooner you get a no, the sooner you will get a yes". The motto here is don't be afraid to ask, keep asking, and when you have been told it can't happen, ask again! Don't give up on your dreams.

Linkedin Profile: Greg Collins

Why did you choose to study at the University of Sydney Business School?

The course offering and full educational/life experience. Through Sydney University I had the opportunity to study abroad in Sweden. I have many great friends and networks from attending Sydney University.

What is your most favourite memory from your time at the University?

Other than the library... studying abroad through Sydney University in Sweden. Another fond memory was playing for Sydney University in the NSW Super League Soccer Competition where the team was highly successful.

What does being a University of Sydney Business School alumnus/na mean to you?

It gives me a feeling of great privilege and success. It has opened doors for me both professionally and personally.

How did your time at the Business School change you both professionally and personally?

It gave me an edge when interviewing for roles with preferred employers.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?

I've graduated from Sydney University on two occasions. After completing my 1st degree, I went on to work for IBM. In the second instance I was working for Optus Singtel.

What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career to date?

Leading a multimillion dollar business that delivers technology innovation to create amazing outcomes for people every day.

What business person inspired you most?

Bill Gates. There are many people I could name who have introduced life changing technology, and Bill is one of my favourites.

What are some of your favourite things about Sydney?

I love the beach. It's free, fun and so relaxing! If you haven't guessed, I live near the beach.

What would you say to a prospective student who is considering study at the Business School?

Where you study is a really important life choice. Look beyond the name of the university. What else does the university offer? The business school really offers a great life experience and opens many doors.

Any other comments

So what happens after you finish studying? The university is still there to support you in the next stages of your life. The university has a great Alumni program that hosts many great events, with the opportunity to meet many fantastic people (Business Executives, Sports Professionals, Olympians, Entrepreneurs, Arts and Entertainment Professionals, Medical Professionals, Politicians, Community and Social leaders). Sydney University has an amazing list of Alumni and you too can follow in our footsteps.

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