Andrew Werner

How Andrew fit the MBA into his busy life

  • Industry: Transport & Infrastructure
  • Mode of study: Distance Learning
  • Location: Australian Capital Territory
  • Programme: MBA
  • Themes: Career Goals,Work-Life Balance
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills,Promotion
  • Challenges: Family Commitments,Work Commitments
  • Seniority: Mid-Level

created on 19/01/2015

Working in a senior operational role for Air services Australia and with a family to take care of, Andrew Werner already had a lot on his plate before he decided to take on an MBA. However, after speaking to a colleague who had just undertaken an MBA at the Australian Institute of Business, Andrew decided it was a challenge he could tackle.
“I guess I wanted to develop some skills that I thought I lacked in the business space. I’ve come up through a specialist field and through participating in senior management roles, it became apparent to me that  there  were  certain  aspects  to  my  skills  set  that  were  lacking. In  particular,  I  wanted  to  make  myself  more  marketable  from  an international perspective,” said Andrew.

So how did Andrew manage to balance his work and study?
“I started with a routine at the beginning of my studies and I tried to maintain it. It was difficult, but I found that for me, the best time to study was during the evenings when the kids had gone to bed,” said Andrew.

“I was working around 50-60 hours per week and studying for at least 15 hours per week. However, my employer was very supportive of my studies and once or twice I took some study leave, which was very helpful.”

Whilst Andrew had done a lot of professional development, taking on an MBA meant that he quickly had to find the most efficient study methods to manage his workload.
“I  hadn’t  studied  in  earnest  in  some  time, so with regards to getting  back into the study routine, I had to find the best techniques that would work. It was a bit of trial and error, but instead of reading every line, I learnt to scan, highlight and focus on grasping concepts rather than getting stuck on details,” said Andrew.

Andrew has no regrets about doing the course and although he admits it took a lot of time out of his life, the benefits were worth it.
“At  the  time  when  I  was  studying  the  MBA,  I was in a senior operational role. I have now moved  into  a  senior  training  role, focusing on the delivery of accredited training, where I manage the instructional staff and oversee the information delivered to staff,” said Andrew.

“I think the MBA has given me a more holistic overview of things like human resources and finance, outside of the scope of what I knew. In some cases it actually cemented certain beliefs around what I was already doing and this was useful as well.”

“The  importance  of  having  done  an  MBA  is  around  my  future and the doors it can open with regards to senior management roles. Perhaps one day I will want to move away from what I’m doing and possibly move into an international role. With an AIB MBA I feel that I am well equipped for the future.