5 Minutes with MBA Graduate David Mann
We spoke to MBA Graduate David Mann at our 2014 Graduation Ceremony about his reasons for choosing to study an MBA with AIB, and the benefits it will have to his career.
What made you choose to study the MBA with AIB?
The practicalities of the MBA offered by AIB were what suited me personally. I hold an Executive position currently, and being able to compress the study into 12 months really made it workable for myself, as well as the ability to do face-to-face over weekends was excellent.
What will holding an MBA mean for your career?
I am always looking for a new and challenging role, and when you are looking at Executive positions without formal education qualifications you are always going to be looked at as a second-tier candidate. Now, with the MBA behind me, I am confident that I can be considered a first-case candidate for a variety of opportunities.
How did you manage to balance your study and your other commitments?
My family was very supportive. I have three children under 9, and my wife had moved from interstate just recently – it was a challenging time, but we were able to get the balance right.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to people considering an MBA from AIB?
Just go for it! It is a very practical approach, and you just have to take the time to get the balance right between work, life and the MBA studies.
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.