Judith Hannan

The AIB MBA helps take Judith in a new direction

  • Industry: Transport & Infrastructure
  • Mode of study: Distance Learning
  • Location: New South Wales
  • Programme: MBA
  • Themes: Practicality
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills
  • Seniority: High-Level

created on 19/01/2015


The transition from working for over 30 years as an optometrist to working in business could have been extremely challenging for Judith Hannan.

However, with the help of the AIB  MBA, Judith was able to branch out and transform her career. She is now successfully operating her own mediation business.
“I took on the AIB MBA at a time when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to  do.  However,  since  completing  my  MBA,  I  have become  an  accredited  mediator  and  have  started  my  own business called Let’s Talk Mediation,” said Judith.

Residing in a rural area, Judith needed a course that she could study externally, so the availability of distance learning with the AIB MBA suited her needs perfectly.
“I was glad that I wasn’t disadvantaged by living in a country area whilst studying through the AIB. They were flexible and I was able to get an invigilator for the exams,” said Judith.

Judith was still working as an optometrist whilst she was studying the MBA and she was often able to fit her study in when work was quiet.
“I was quite lucky because the optometry practice that I was working for at the time was not very busy, so it ended up that I could get the majority of my homework done at work,” said Judith.

“Although I  found it challenging  because I hadn’t  done any formal study of that standard for a long time, for the most  part, fitting the MBA into  my life wasn’t too difficult.”

“I  guess there were times during the course when I wanted a break. However, I liked the rhythm of the AIB MBA and perhaps if I had taken too many breaks, I would have lost that  rhythm and it would have been more difficult to complete.”

Looking  back  on  her  time  studying  the AIB  MBA,  Judith recognises  that  an  MBA  is  an  invaluable  tool  that  will continue to aid her in the future.
“As well as starting up the mediation business, I am also a Councillor for the Wollondilly Shire Council. Taking on the AIB MBA has been helpful for both of my roles, as I can now use the terminology that people in business  use,” said Judith.

“Doing an MBA is beneficial for those who haven’t studied in a long time and I think that nowadays, it’s a given that you need one”.