5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Paul Modra

5 Minutes with MBA Graduate Paul Modra


AIB MBA Graduate Paul Modra, an Executive Manager in the finance sector, took the time to share a little of his journey with AIB – including why he looked to study, and the benefits he saw from his MBA experience.

Why did you undertake post-graduate level study?

Post-graduate study for me started 3 to 4 years ago. Working in the credit industry, UniSA did some sponsored courses which meant that you could do some study with other credit union employees from different organisations around the state. You were doing the course with people from all around the world – it was very remote, very distant and it was very hard to relate back on a personal level. I found that that sort of course wasn’t for me, and I dropped out after 12 months.

What drew you to the MBA offered by the Australian Institute of Business?

I did my own investigation and found the MBA at AIB. The things that really appealed to me were the 12 month timeframe, the fact that it was based in Adelaide and that I had the opportunity to interact face-to-face with my fellow students and lecturers.

What were some of the benefits you saw throughout your 12 Month MBA experience?

In an on-campus setting, you shared your experiences and your own examples of where the course content applied back to your own work – and that was really beneficial, I found. When I finished the 12 months, I actually felt like the study was worthwhile. It wasn’t just a plaque you put up on the wall. Because it’s such a practical course, the learning and the lessons learnt over the 12 months had been applied. It was easier to remember, it’s still easy to recall and it’s been very effective.

Do you think the MBA has changed your professional life?

Absolutely. Even within the first month of doing the MBA, I sat down and thought “this whole course is going to change the way I look at business, and the way I behave”. A lot of my behaviours were ingrained through previous managers and life experiences, rather than any business experience of my own. That’s why I found the MBA to be really beneficial – it provided me with a new perspective.

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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