5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Chris Flanagan
AIB MBA Graduate Chris Flanagan took some time out of his busy lifestyle to discuss a few of the reasons he chose to complete an MBA, how he juggled his commitments and the highlights of his experience.
Why did you decide to undertake an MBA?
When I did my MBA, I was working for a company wherein I was promoted up through a series of positions into a senior role, into the management team. I felt that I needed to supplement my managerial skills in order to be successful in the role.
Why did you choose to complete a fast-tracked AIB MBA?
When I looked at other courses over longer periods, I noticed that you’d drift through modules for a fairly long time without achieving anything. With the AIB MBA, there was a module to module perspective – from the start of the module, you know exactly what you need to achieve by the end of the module. It allowed you to stop and say “okay, that’s completed” and move on to the next stage. That’s what I needed. It was the best option for me in terms of juggling work commitments, family commitments and other challenges.
How did you juggle your commitments during your studies?
It’s a tough 12 months, no question – but it’s one of those things where you can very quickly see the light at the end of the tunnel. From Day 1, we knew exactly how the 12 months were going to unfold. It was made very clear to us what the expectations were for us, in order to achieve our goals. It’s really upon yourself to manage – I knew I had to study, I knew I had a job to do and a family to keep happy. It was up to me to knuckle down and manage it.
What was the highlight of your AIB MBA experience?
I liked the curriculum. The course content was very much in line with what you’re actually doing day-to-day. You can practically apply in your day job what you learn during your studies, and in all aspects of the MBA.
This interview has been constructed by Simone Ball from an AIB video testimonial. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participating student.