5 Minutes With MBA Graduate Bill Hayes
We caught up with MBA Graduate Bill Hayes shortly after he completed his 12 Month MBA with AIB, and asked him a few questions about his MBA experience and what it means for his career now.
What drew you to completing an MBA from AIB?
I am CEO of the company called the IFB Integrity Group, and I’d been thinking about completing an MBA for quite some time, to build my business knowledge. I have always been very busy in business, and the 12 Month MBA from AIB appealed to me as something I could do to continue my education without it being a massive interruption to my personal life, and my business life.
How did you find the experience of studying face-to-face?
It was great. The people I worked with throughout the programme were outstanding people, and I learned a lot from my classmates. We are all still good friends to this day, which has created a great new level to my business network.
Has completing the MBA changed your perspective of business at all?
It has given me a new appreciation for the skill sets of people with an MBA. When hiring people now, I am able to better understand what it is that an applicant has been through in order to achieve their MBA. If I’m looking to hire for a Senior Management position at some point, I would be seeking someone with those MBA skill sets.
Having now done an MBA, I understand what it takes to get there. So obviously if an MBA candidate comes to me, they are already well ahead of the pack. Because I know he or she has the ability to study, to work hard and commit.
This article has been constructed by Simone Ball from an AIB video interview. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participant.