5 Minutes with GCM Graduate Craig Rogers
At the AIB Alumni and Student Event in Adelaide this year, we spoke with Craig Rogers, who studied a Graduate Certificate in Management with AIB. Craig shared how studying via distance learning enabled him to gain the qualification and how he has put to use the skills acquired.
Why did you decide to study a GCM with AIB?
I first heard of AIB through word-of-mouth, as a few of my colleagues had undertaken the MBA. I reviewed the course content and found that a lot of it was quite relevant to what I wanted to do, particularly in terms of business strategy and international business. I could also complete it within a fairly short timeframe and fit it into my lifestyle and work.
What were the advantages of studying by distance for you?
Distance learning was essential for me because my work requires me to travel, and being constrained to attend classes was not realistic. Distance learning allowed me to take the subject material with me wherever I went to study when I could, so I could work it in with my work and home life, which was ideal.
How did you fit your studies around work commitments and a young family?
I work full time and travel often, but I was able to schedule time to study after hours once the kids had gone to bed and on weekends. You certainly have to be disciplined because you’re doing a subject a month and there is a fair workload, but by scheduling it in those free-times, it was manageable.
How have you managed to use the skills learnt in your GCM outside of work?
It has been valuable for me in a number of ways. I am involved in the Japan Australia Business Council for South Australia, where I hold a leadership role. The leadership subjects gave me tremendous insights into people management in a voluntary organisation, which is very different from employment. It also gave me insights into international trade and strategic planning, which is especially applicable, as the Business Council itself has been lacking that sort of guidance, and being able to provide that has been a tremendous bonus. For myself, it’s given me a lot of confidence in a number of areas, including project management and financial management.
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.