5 Minutes with MBA Student David Anderson
At the AIB Digital Marketing Forum in Melbourne last year, we had the pleasure of sitting down with David Anderson, who shared what it was like for him returning to study after 35 years, and securing a promotion mid-way through his MBA.
Can you share a bit about the company you work for and your role?
I am the Managing Director of the Float Safety Foundation BARS program. The Float Safety Foundation runs an audit programme that covers the contract of aviation providers for big resource and humanitarian companies. We audit those aircraft operators for their safety levels. It’s worldwide—we cover 29 different countries around the world, so it’s a fully global programme.
What appealed to you about studying with AIB?
I liked the AIB model because it’s flexible, and I can choose the time and the workload to manage the study that I need to do for the MBA. I last studied 35 years ago, but AIB really helped in setting me up to do all of the subjects in a really effective manner. The transition to study with the MBA was really quite easy.
Did you have any concerns about returning to study after such a long time?
I was nervous about studying after such a long break—35 years is a long gap between study—but the way the course is structured really did facilitate what I wanted to achieve out of it. So I was nervous, but it worked out really well.
Why did you decide to study an MBA and did you have a goal in mind?
I was at the top of my level as far as operational experience went, but if I wanted to go any further, I really needed to have the skill set to take me to the next level, and that’s where the MBA was perfect in that respect. It taught me things like leadership, finance and corporate governance – all the things that you don’t get exposed to in an operational field, but it prepared me for the next job.
Without your MBA, do you think you would have gained the promotion that you were after?
It was just two months ago that my board promoted me from operations manager to the Managing Director, and I think the MBA was a contributing factor. Now, I fit seamlessly into the role and I’m comfortable with my knowledge that I’ve gained from the MBA to do that job really effectively.
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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.