5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Kristy Mehrtens

5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Kristy Mehrtens


An MBA Graduate at our recent 2014 Graduation Ceremony, and the recipient of the 2014 GMAA Award, Kristy Mehrtens took some time to share a little of her story with us – including why she chose to undertake an MBA with AIB, and how the experience has changed her business outlook.

Why did you choose the MBA from AIB?

The reason why I chose the MBA from AIB was because it allowed me to work at home, as well as apply the knowledge at work. I had to take the study time out of my really busy schedule, as I am a full-time Mum with two young children. It was just going to be too hard for me to be able to study consistently on weekends, so the flexibility for me to be able to do the work at home and at night time was really helpful.

How has completing an MBA changed your day-to-day role?

It has enabled me, within my business career, to have a greater understanding of the different principles of business and how they apply in the workplace I work in. It’s given me the ability to speak on a different level with the management team, and to be able to put forward a better understanding of the business principles and business plans that I am working with, compared with what I had before I started the course. This is a major advantage.

What is the one piece of advice would you give to prospective students who are looking to study the MBA?

The one piece of advice I would give is that it does take some serious work and the time you put in is what you get out of it. It is a journey, and the most important thing is to apply what you learn in the course in each subject, every day – if you put the time in, you will get the benefits of it.

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. 

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