Ted Botham

AIB’s MBA programme is streets ahead of other higher education providers.

  • Industry: Mining & Resources
  • Mode of study: Distance Learning
  • Location: New South Wales
  • Programme: MBA
  • Themes: Duration,Practicality
  • Motivation: Better Leader/Skills
  • Seniority: Mid-Level

created on 27/01/2015

MBA Graduate Ted Botham took the time to discuss his experiences with AIB, his reasons for completing a specialised MBA in Human Resource Management through AIB, and why completing the MBA has changed his life.

Why were you interested in completing an MBA?

I currently work as a consultant in the areas of HR, Safety and Training, mainly in the mining and manufacturing industry, but I’ve always had a passion for Human Resources. Within the MBA offered by the Australian Institute of Business, there is a specialisation in Human Resources. I’ve done previous studies in training and occupational health and safety, but I was looking for a qualification that could give me the business foundations and knowledge to pull my previous studies together.

You studied via Distance Learning – did you feel supported by AIB throughout the process?

I’ve done external studies through other providers in training and business, and when I compare those study experiences with the support I received from AIB, I would say AIB was far ahead of the other external courses I’ve done. The information was always there, it was there on time, and if I had a problem an answer was just a phone call away. If one of the support staff couldn’t answer my question there and then, I got a message saying that I’d hear back by close of business the same day – and there was always a phone call. The support and the communication between myself and the staff at AIB was just brilliant.

What would you consider to be a benefit of undertaking the MBA with AIB?

To do it in 12 months and not 3 or 4 years was highly beneficial. Not only that, the practicality of it ties it to the workplace and the work I was in. What I was doing in the MBA, I was able to practice in my work.

What advice would you give to people considering the accelerated MBA through AIB?

It’s a big process, it’s a big step. It’s just a matter of thinking “well, this is what I’ve got to do for the next twelve months” but it has to be realistic. People have to realise that it’s 12 months of hard work, but it is well worth it. Prior to completing my MBA, when someone would ask what my experience is in, I would have to list off several small qualifications and examples of practical experience. Now, my first response is “I have an MBA” and I don’t have to justify myself as much.

It gives me that confidence that I am now formally qualified, I have a degree. I don’t just have to call on past experience – I can discuss my academic experience and qualification also.