5 Minutes with MBA Graduate John Bullen

5 Minutes with MBA Graduate John Bullen


John Bullen, MBA graduate from the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) discusses his experience during the programme and how the MBA degree has changed his perspective.

Why did you decide to do an on-campus MBA through AIB?

My ambition to do an MBA dates back many years, and having done a previous degree by external study I felt that I very much wanted the experience and support of an onsite MBA. I juggled family commitments and for many years felt that I couldn’t manage the time required to undertake an MBA, and so finding out about AIB’s flexible programme was a revelation. It showed me that I could manage the time constraints of juggling full-time work and a family with my studies.

Through the on-campus facilitation, you develop new friendships, new understandings, and the ability to put the new knowledge that you have into place – both in your working environment, within your career but also within your personal relationships.

Did you relate well to the practical style of AIB’s MBA experience?

Absolutely. AIB really encouraged us to think about our personal experiences within our careers and personal lives, and put the theories that we were looking at into perspective against our own situations. At the same time we were able to leverage off an enormous range of experience amongst our group and learn from each other, not just from our facilitators.

How did you see the course structure of your MBA?

All of the whole range of subjects we did interlocked, and the further we got into it the more we were referring to other subjects and other content that we’d already learned in previous subjects. It allowed us to really see how our business understanding and skills are very much interlocked.

What advice would you give to a prospective MBA student with AIB?

Don’t procrastinate. Do it now. It can be done. Time goes very quickly, and as daunting as that is, an MBA is something that the sooner you can do it, the better.

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.

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