Ashleigh Merriel

MBA puts Ashleigh on the right track for success

  • Industry: Education
  • Mode of study: Distance Learning
  • Location: South Australia
  • Programme: MBA (Entrepreneurial Management)
  • Themes: Methodology
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills,Promotion
  • Challenges: Frequent Traveller
  • Seniority: Mid-Level

created on 06/01/2015


When Ashleigh Merriel was trying to find an exit out of the retail industry, she was looking for a course that would build on the qualifications and experience she already had.

In order to advance her career prospects, she turned to the AIB MBA.
Before I started  the  MBA, I had completed a degree majoring in public policy and sociology and a diploma in business management. I was running a furniture and home wares business with my mum, but I didn’t want to continue with retail. I felt like I needed to do an MBA in order to fast-track my career,” said Ashleigh. 

“The timing was great, as I had also been offered a Project Officer role with Government Skills Australia in Adelaide and I felt that this was the perfect opportunity to undertake the AIB MBA onsite.”

During her MBA studies, a change in circumstances meant that Ashleigh had to move to Tasmania. Luckily, the AIB MBA accommodated her needs and she switched from studying internally to distance learning.
“I found the AIB MBA to be extremely flexible. I began the course studying on campus, but when I had to move to Tasmania, I was able to complete the course via correspondence,” said Ashleigh.

“I was impressed with  how  accommodating  the  Australian Institute of Business was. Once, I had to be in Sydney for work when  I  had  an  exam  scheduled,  but  the  staff  at  AIB  were extremely  supportive  and  I  was  able  to  complete  the  exam  at another time.”

Ashleigh was mostly working in temporary jobs whilst in Tasmania, but soon after the completion of her MBA, she gained a position back in Adelaide with Flinders University.
“I definitely believe my MBA qualification helped me achieve my current  role  at  Flinders  University,  which  I  began  at  the  end  of November last year. I coordinate research activities for the Faculty of  Health  Sciences  and  in  particular,  I  have  found  that  the operations and strategic marketing units have come in handy for my role,” said Ashleigh.

“I use the skills I learnt from the MBA every day. The person that I took over from at Flinders had been in the role for 22 years, so I had big shoes to  fill. However, as I had come to the  position with fresh perspectives, one of the positives of this was that I was able to find ways to run things more efficiently.”

Not only did Ashleigh find that the AIB MBA improved her business knowledge, but the benefits also extended beyond this.
“When I was studying the course internally, I also found it was an excellent opportunity  to  meet  professionals  in  other  fields.  I made  connections  that  I  otherwise  may  not  have  had  the opportunity to make,”  said Ashleigh.