5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Marlene Haese
Marlene Haese, MBA graduate from the Australian Institute of Business, took some time to discuss her experience with the MBA programme, how she fit it into her life, and what it meant to her to graduate with her Master’s qualification.
What drew you to studying an MBA with AIB?
I was recommended to do the MBA through the Northern Adelaide Business Enterprise Centre. I’d been managing an electronics business for a number of years, but I hadn’t given myself the permission to get a lot of extra skills – I’d done some short courses, but I had never taken on a larger process.
How did you balance work, family commitments and study?
I wasn’t sure that I could, at first. I had three children at school, I was working in my local community, and there was no way I could afford the time to come in to classes – that is why I studied via Distance Learning. Studying by distance allowed me to rearrange my study time to suit my needs, and it gave me the opportunity to get through and finish it at my pace, rather than trying to push forward and causing the rest of my family to miss out on my time.
What has being an MBA graduate meant to you?
I’ve really given myself permission to shine. I know that I can get out there and do things that I may not have thought I was able to do in the past. The MBA has been able to teach me process, how to take my time and look at all of the stages through each of the developments that I need to go. And putting each of the subjects together means that I’ve got a wonderful package of knowledge to work with.
What advice would you give to people interested in undertaking an MBA with AIB?
If anybody thinks that they would like to give the MBA a try, don’t shut yourself down – give yourself permission to get out there and give it a go because you’re the only one that’s stopping yourself, and everybody else will be there to support you.
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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.