5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Leanne Lenassi
With the goal to start her own consultancy, Leanne Lenassi chose AIB to study her MBA. She explains how the experience has changed how she works and shares advice for others who are considering an MBA with entrepreneurial motivations.
Why did you decide to study an MBA?
I decided to study an MBA to advance my career and prepare me to start my own business in strategy and marketing. I found AIB’s accelerated timeframe really appealing. Rather than sitting on the MBA for years on end, I could complete it sooner and move on with advancing my career.
How do you use the MBA in your day to day work?
The methodologies that you learn during the MBA transpose across every industry, and I used these new skills to start my own consultancy. I can now go into an organisation and view it from a bird’s eye perspective to be able to look at ways to improve, move the business forward and increase their return on investment. It really is a different world once you know what you’re looking for, so that was incredible.
Is there any advice you would share with others who want to use their MBA to start their own business?
My advice would be to use the final project in the context of the business they want to start. The take away from that is a large amount of effort which can be applied to the business, and can essentially be used as a business plan.
Would you recommend the AIB MBA to others?
I would, because it really prepares you for what business is all about. You have short periods of time and you need to be able to deliver concise, useful information in those timeframes. I would recommend it to anyone; it really does give you a good heads up in the business world. I probably wish I would have done it 20 years ago!
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This article has been constructed by Megan Baker from an AIB interview. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participant.