5 Minutes with MBA Facilitator Robert Jano
MBA Facilitator and graduate Robert Jano spoke to us about why he became involved with facilitation, the challenges he faces in teaching and what he believes the major benefits of the 12 Month MBA are.
What drew you to facilitating with AIB?
I like the focus on the practical side, and the application of theory in a normal work-based environment. To me as a practitioner who has been through it and done it before, who also holds an MBA – I saw a wonderful opportunity to bring my skills and experience to people, and also teach them the academic grounding that they need to go with it.
What challenges do you face as an MBA facilitator?
We need to make sure that we’re not just lecturing to people, that they’re actually internalising what we’re teaching. In my opinion, the best way to do that is through a series of individual and group activities, through presentations and interactions with fellow students and facilitators. We encourage our students to interact with each other, and with us as facilitators, to ensure that their questions are answered. We also ask them to share stories and challenges from their own workplace – it allows their peers and facilitators to assist them with their own work-based issues.
What do you think are the major benefits of the MBA at AIB?
One key is that they get to network and build relationships with fellow students and alumni that they will keep long in to the future. I also think that the format of the course is a benefit – it’s very different from the “University Lecturer to Large Classroom” style model, and allows our students more freedom. The MBA also allows our students the opportunity to take their practical knowledge, put it to the test with some theory and actually increase their leadership skills.
I’m yet to find a student who is unhappy with the outcome from their AIB MBA.
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.