Kent Peters

AIB MBA graduate making a difference to schools around Australia

  • Industry: Education
  • Mode of study: Distance Learning
  • Location: Western Australia
  • Programme: MBA (Human Resource Management)
  • Themes: Cost,Practicality,Work-Life Balance
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills,Wants Formal Qualification
  • Challenges: Work Commitments
  • Seniority: High-Level

created on 27/01/2015

We spoke to AIB MBA Graduate Kent Peters about his experience with the programme and discovered his motivations for completeing an MBA. 

What motivated you to do an MBA?
I am the Bursar at Guildford Grammar School in Perth so I suppose 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 it was in the stage of my life where it was time for me to do the MBA.

Why did you choose AIB as your provider?
I did a lot of research online to see what was available and wanted to do it by distance so that 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 in times that 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 maybe seeing dad graduate 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.