5 Minutes with MBA Graduate James Telfer

Last modified 26 March 2019
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5 Minutes with MBA Graduate James Telfer

MBA Graduate James Telfer took some time to chat with us about his reasons for completing an MBA, how he found his MBA experience and what benefits he has seen from his studies.

Why did you decide to study the MBA?

The MBA for me was a way to bring together my management experience. I entered my career as a non-graduate, and I went into the armed forces for 7 years as an infantry officer. Going into this business course gave me the opportunity to fill in some blanks in terms of the business skills needed to take the next step in my career.


So, how did you find the MBA?

It was certainly challenging. My advice to anyone considering it is don’t underestimate it. There is a lot of planning required, from business commitments to your family, and any outside interests you might have.

One of the reasons I thought the AIB course was very good was its structure. It has a modular structure which allows you flexibility, and allows you to put breaks in for family holidays or other commitments like business travel. Therefore, the modular nature of a month at a time made this very achievable for me – it was the only way I could consider doing this level of study.



How has completing your MBA helped you to achieve your career goals?

I think I underestimated the immediate benefit that would come from my studies. Right from the very first module the lessons that you were taking out of the classroom were able to be applied in your everyday role – right from the word go. It definitely exceeded my expectation in that regard, and has helped me to fulfil my role.

Interested to find out how the MBA experience can change your life? Get the AIB 12 Month MBA info pack here.

This article has been constructed by Megan Baker from an AIB video interview. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participant. 


*The Australian Institute of Business (AIB) is Australia’s largest provider of MBAs. Source Ready, B. (2023) Domestic Enrolments Surged During COVID After International Students Locked Out, MBA News. Available at: MBA News.

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