Completing an MBA from a Remote Location
Over the past decade, advances in technology have seen higher education expand significantly, reaching people in places never thought possible. Masters level programmes were previously only feasible for those living in capital cities, unless residents were willing to move location. For rural, regional or remote residents, this would require a big lifestyle change – an option that demands both dedication and great investment. Thankfully, the introduction of online learning has seen education reach people around the world, irrespective of their location. Many Master of Business Administration (MBA) students are opting for this flexible option, allowing them to complete their MBA on their terms. We take a look at the MBA experience for those located outside of city centres, breaking down the key factors that make it all possible.
Location is no barrier with online learning
In any study experience, the level of flexibility that a programme offers is essential to a successful journey. At AIB, The Agile MBA allows students to study anywhere and anytime, delivering course content via an innovative online learning system. This sees students fit study around their existing commitments, completing it at a time that is convenient to them.
For AIB MBA Graduate Tom Sexton, flexibility was essential for his MBA and was one of the main reasons he chose AIB as his business school. “I live in the country, two and a half hours from the nearest capital city. The fact that I could do my exams locally and complete assignments from my own home was paramount,” he said. This level of autonomy makes it all possible for those living in a remote location, with no compromise to the quality of education.
Support is just an email or phone call away
As a student in a remote location, understanding and accessing support services will be an integral part to study success. If you’re considering an MBA from distance, it’s important to know the level of support offered by your business school and familiarise yourself with these resources as you commence your studies.
Cindy Hales, AIB MBA Graduate and remote Queensland resident, said reaching out for support is critical for getting the most out of your study experience. “I live in a very remote part of Queensland, and to have a Masters level study that was available completely online was great. The support was one of the key successes in my study experience – it was really personal, timely and responsive,” she said.
At AIB, student support comes in many different options – from academic and study advice, to mental health resources and free consultations with a counsellor, if desired. Staff can answer questions about everything from academic referencing to exam preparation tips, plus provide feedback on assessment tasks.
Watch Cindy’s story.
Strong online student communities enable networking
One of the great benefits of online learning is its ability to connect students on a global scale. Thanks to technology, students located in a remote location are not at a disadvantage when it comes to networking and connecting with peers. In addition to the optional in-person opportunities that are offered to all AIB students, networking through online study communities and forums sees students connect, collaborate and converse from their homes. It permits them to build relationships with those both inside and outside of their industry, plus those located right around the world. It therefore means that whether you’re completing your MBA from Sydney or Goondiwindi – you can access unique networking opportunities and connect with like-minded business people.
Are you located in a regional or remote area and considering studying the MBA? Online learning is not something to be overlooked, and is fast becoming the preferred method of students in both metropolitan and regional locations.
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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.