5 minutes with MBA Graduate Kent Peters
At an AIB graduation ceremony held in Adelaide, we spoke to graduate Kent Peters about what motivated him to study an MBA and his experience with specialising his studies.
What motivated you to do an MBA?
I am the Bursar and Chief Financial Officer at Guildford Grammar School in Perth so the desire to do an MBA came from being in an educational environment. Higher education is an important goal that we set for the students themselves and I felt that I was in the stage of my life where it was time for me to do an MBA.
Why did you choose AIB as your provider?
I did a lot of research online to see what programmes were available via distance learning, and this was key with AIB. I have a busy work life and a busy family life so the AIB study while you work approach was appealing to me as I could study when it suited me. Also, another bonus with AIB was that it was at a price which was affordable.
Did you specialise in a particular field during your MBA?
I could have done an MBA in Finance because of my role, but a lot of my other qualifications were in the finance area. I thought that my role was also important from a human resource (HR) point of view as we didn’t have anyone with a senior-level HR qualification, so I specialised in Human Resource Management. It has been very helpful in establishing a number of components which will be part of the HR policies going forward for the school.
Are you glad you did your MBA?
Absolutely – it’s a real sense of achievement to have finally got to the end of the road. My graduation is very special from that point of view, I’ve come over from Perth with my family which is great. I’m hoping that when my kids see me graduate, maybe it will sew the seed for them as they grow and go through their own educational experiences. I’m also really pleased how my research project turned out in the end – I tackled an issue that is going to affect schools right across Australia. So the temptation is definitely there to pursue that topic further and potentially do a doctorate.
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This interview has been constructed by Laura Hutton from an AIB video testimonial. The very best has been done to accurately reflect the thoughts and opinions of the participating student.