5 Minutes with MBA Graduate James Arnold
The practical and relevant nature of AIB’s MBA allowed James to apply concepts he was learning to issues he was experiencing with clients, while gaining confidence in his own ideas along the way.
What were you hoping to get out of your MBA?
I hoped to challenge myself and to prepare myself for a more strategic role at work. In a large organisation like the Commonwealth Bank, you can sometimes get lost in that sort of thing, but I’m getting quite a lot of visibility from my studies.
How has the MBA helped you to take on opportunities within and beyond your current role?
It’s helping me in my current role on a national level, as I’m working on a lot of strategic initiatives within the Commonwealth Bank, and that’s really been helped by the fact that I’ve completed my MBA.
I’ve gained confidence in my own ideas and being able to express and articulate them to upper management and board levels, both within the organisation and with clients. It’s really given me some good ammunition to be able to go out and consult on a different level with clients.
How did you find the support at AIB?
The support was fantastic, very responsive. If I had a question for either student admin or the academics, I usually got a response within 24 hours, so it was fantastic.
Would you recommend the AIB MBA, and if so, why?
I’d recommend the AIB MBA for a few reasons. The flexibility for one, but also the work-based learning; it fitted in so well with the work that I was doing. I was able to apply my studies to particular issues that I had with clients and build on them in my final project. It just gave what I was learning a lot of relevance and was very enjoyable.
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This article has been constructed by Megan Baker from an AIB interview. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participant.