10 Things AIB MBA Students Wish They Had Known

10 Things AIB MBA Students Wish They Had Known


When looking back at a journey, we find ourselves evaluating the positives, the negatives, and what we could have done differently. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) study journey is no exception, with graduates regularly reflecting on their MBA achievement. We put the question out to our alumni via social media and graduate interviews to ask what they, as MBA students, wish they had known before they started studying. While hindsight is a wonderful thing, we’ve compiled the below list of the top 10 responses received by alumni.

1. There is a lot of support

Throughout the MBA journey, you are not alone. From administration queries, to how to structure an assignment and academic questions – AIB MBA students enjoy a strong support network throughout the entirety of their degree.

2. Assignment dates creep up very quickly

Otherwise said – plan ahead! You will be aware of key dates from the beginning of your programme, so make sure you plan carefully and be organised from the outset.

3. It’s well worth the journey

For those of you who have been contemplating the MBA, perhaps 2016 is your year? One graduate shared that they wish they had left the doubts behind and enrolled sooner.

4. The AIB MBA truly is practical

A number of MBA students mentioned that the practicality of the programme is extremely beneficial. Throughout the MBA, students are encouraged to apply the content to their work, blending theory with practice throughout.

5. It will require adjustment

Like any new activity, you will be required to adjust your current commitments around your new study schedule. It would be unrealistic to think that you wouldn’t; however some people still are surprised that commitments and priorities change throughout the MBA.

6. You will expand your knowledge exponentially

Throughout the MBA programme, you will gain a practical and holistic business knowledge. You will expand your capabilities within the workplace as well as your capacity for a variety of tasks.

7. It’s a very rewarding challenge

They say that “nothing worth doing is ever easy”, and the MBA is a fantastic example of that. The study journey will definitely be a challenge, but it is bound to be extremely rewarding with some fantastic results.

8. Make sure you focus

MBA students advised not to enrol in the programme unless you are truly committed to the overall result. There is a degree of time commitment and high level of focus required for each subject, and it’s important to recognise that when enrolling in the programme.

9. You will begin thinking outside the box

If it’s innovative thinking that you’re after, the MBA is for you. Throughout the programme you will be challenged to think outside of the box, and learn how to apply this directly to your own role.

10. The monthly learning model makes things possible

The unique structure of the AIB programme was credited for its ability to allow students to study while they work. When studying only one subject per month, students are able to continue to perform at work while focusing on their studies simultaneously.

What do you think?

Are you an AIB graduate that would like to add an item to this list? Looking back at your journey, I’d love to hear what advice you would share with new MBA students. Comment your views below and join the conversation.

This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. 

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