5 Minutes With MBA Graduate Verity Moreland
MBA Graduate Verity Moreland took the time to discuss why the AIB MBA programme was so valuable to her, including the benefits she noticed and how she managed the challenges along the way.
Why did you decide to pursue the MBA with AIB?
For me, it was about always about wanting to complete an MBA but not having three to six years to do it in. I wanted to get it done quite quickly and move on with my career.
What benefits did you see while studying the AIB MBA?
I think it gives you a great appreciation of the whole spectrum of the business you work in – that’s a huge benefit. One of the other great things you get when studying via face-to-face learning is a comradeship with your classmates – you can talk to your fellow students about things that are going on in your business, and they can offer you a different perspective or view on an issue. Another major benefit is that by studying an MBA, you gain the respect of your peers and colleagues, and of your managers out in the industry.
What challenges did you face while studying?
There’s no denying that doing an MBA in 12 months is a strain. You spend 40 hours a week at work, and then spend your weekends studying at formal lectures or at home. But the fact that the end goal is in sight, that makes it easier. I found that studying over a short period of time allowed me to be rewarded quickly for each stage. You see the outcomes, and put your studies to use immediately – so while it was difficult, and a large commitment, it was such a worthwhile experience.
Did you feel supported throughout your MBA at AIB?
Definitely. The group dynamic was great, and kept me very motivated. Whenever I was starting to think “Oh no, I can’t do this anymore”, or the stress got too much, I could turn to my classmates for support and strength. The team at AIB were really supportive, also – any time I felt like I was unsure or struggling, they were right there to offer me the assistance I required.
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.