Ever wondered what it’s like to study an MBA online? One of our most recent graduates, Paul Betts, has shed some light on his own experience – juggling work, family and other commitments including triathlon training, saying if he can do it, anyone can.
Paul Betts: I work full-time, I’ve got a wife, I’ve got school-aged children and hobbies. I reckon if I can make time for an MBA, just about anybody can.
My career goals are really just to have a job that’s satisfying and has a really genuine impact on something that makes a difference, something that’s more than just bringing in a salary.
Why pick an MBA?
An MBA just is a good, general piece of education that helps you understand more broadly how company functions, and gave me some knowledge that was really important for where my career is at the moment.
What stood out from your course?
An MBA is such a diverse course and there’s a number of different standouts.Amongst them, probably, there’s an excellent marketing and entrepreneurial subject, which really challenged my perceptions on the way that enterprise and particularly innovation can be accessed in so many different parts of industry.
How are you apply your MBA to your career?
One of the great things about the SCU course is almost immediately, a number of things that I learnt I was able to apply directly at work. A good example, I’m doing a lot more interaction with the board of the not-for-profit I’m working for at the moment. The subject on governance has really helped me to navigate a field which is really unfamiliar to me in the past.
How did you benefit from study with SCU Online?
What I found from Southern Cross in the online program, particularly, is online learning is a lot more sophisticated and a lot more natural than it has been in the past. I think we understand a lot more about how to get the most out of the online environment and SCU has certainly harnessed that and taking feedback from students, and I believe are on the cutting-edge of online learning.
How did you fit study into your busy life?
The great thing about studying online is you’re not tied into lectures and timetables. I was able to be more flexible in the way that I use my time and more effective; use those grabs of time, maybe an hour here or even a half an hour there that I wouldn’t have been able to use in a more traditional study environment.
Would you recommend an MBA with SCU Online?
Having compared notes, and just watching the way some of my friends have navigated the courses that they’ve done through other institutions, I’m quite comfortable that I made the right choice. I think I’ve had a better time than what they have over the past couple of years. For anyone that’s looking to do an MBA, particularly an online MBA, I would certainly recommend looking at the SCU course.
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