5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Neil Creasey
MBA Graduate Neil Creasey recently spoke to us about his fascinating career, why he chose AIB and how the programme structure enabled him to maintain a balance in his life.
Tell us a little about your career to date.
I have been in the project management space my whole life. In my early career, I was very lucky to work in the aerospace industry and civilian-related defence projects. Now, I am a Project Manager with Telstra, working with my team to deliver IT solutions to support our in store processes. I also run a business called Clinch ITB which is an important contract channel for me to deliver my services and the services of others.
Was there any specific reason why you chose AIB over other higher education providers?
I did look around a lot, nationally and globally. I think there were a couple of key things that stood out for me. The format in terms of the synergy between learning and working was important because of the role I am in. I actually liked that you can apply what you are doing in assignments and topics to make it relevant.
How did you find the AIB programme structure when undertaking your MBA?
The flexibility to work at your own pace and manage subjects around your life events really helped me. I am a parent and it was due to the flexible course structure that I was able to take a whole month off to take my family on a holiday. I didn’t have to take any reading materials with me and the kids loved that because the MBA is a commitment for your whole family, not just yourself.
How did you find balancing work, family and study?
You need a very strong personal discipline, a supportive employer and a supportive family. I made some changes to my schedule which really helped. I stopped driving to work, took public transport instead and used that time to read. I was quite disciplined about my working hours too, whereas prior I would typically work quite late.
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.