5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Justin Nuich
At our 2014 Graduation Ceremony, we had the pleasure of chatting with a few of our new graduates about their AIB experience – including recent MBA Graduate Justin Nuich, who shared a little of why he decided to pursue an MBA and how he managed the study process.
Why did you decide to do an MBA?
I didn’t have a formal degree coming out of school, so it was important for me to have a tertiary qualification as I reached more senior leadership levels within my organisation. It’s also helped me to achieve a promotion – I am now in a General Manager role in a large mining organisation. It has also given me a lot of skills with business, and allowed me to start looking at other business opportunities for myself.
How did you manage to balance your work and study commitments?
I had a great support base, in the form of my family. There’s no denying that it is a lot to juggle, doing an MBA via Distance Learning, and I also had a huge workload – including the responsibilities attached to managing a large mine site with 3000 people, but it’s all about structure and all about building your time structure to fit it all in. It’s achievable – but it requires structure, dedication and support.
So what is the one piece of advice would you give to prospective students who were going to study the MBA?
Look I think it is all around commitment, it’s not easy and it is a massive workload. But if you make sure your family and support basis is ready to be with you on the journey, and you’re ready to commit, then it’s all about knuckling down when there are hard times, and pushing through until you succeed.
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.