Not like the MBA of old

Here’s what studying a Master of Business Administration (MBA) used to look like.

Late nights. Early mornings. Squeezing assessments between other appointments.

A one or two coffees a day ritual would snowball into a caffeine free-for-all as group project catch-ups intruded into family time.

Then, on weekends and holidays it would be time to ditch the family again for face-to-face classes or intensives.

“As an MBA student, balancing study with work and family was one of my most critical challenges,” said Sanjeev Alfred, who completed his MBA at Australian Catholic University almost a decade ago.

Things are different now.

Studying an MBA full-time while working full-time is still demanding but the emergence of the career-changing course as an online offering has been a game-changer for those wishing to get ahead.

ACU Online’s flexible MBA program allows students to tackle the course work anywhere, anytime.

Students become part of an innovative and interactive online learning community studying when and where it suits best.

Human support will be there seven days a week to maximise learning, but it remains on the learner’s terms.

The online approach is a welcome option for a course that still provides all the advantages of a traditional MBA.

Microsoft certification is embedded into units in the degree, while all units are grounded in the United Nations sustainable goals and there are opportunities to develop consulting skills in applied business contexts and engage with international partners through ACU’s virtual Global Virtual Classroom.

ACU’s unique structure allows the design of specialist qualifications that provide control over the student’s professional journey.

Dr Alfred has not looked back.

After completing a PhD in biological science, he became fascinated with the business side of his field.

“Although I had some experience, I wanted to enhance my leadership skills and increase my knowledge of marketing, finance, human resources, and how to run a business ethically,” he said.

He has worked with multinational clinical diagnostics companies including PerkinElmer, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Bio-Rad Laboratories, choosing roles strategically to gain exposure to different business functions and take on increasing sales, marketing and management responsibilities.

Now, as chief commercial officer with blood analysis products manufacturer Haemokinesis, he oversees the company’s objectives and implements all commercial strategies.

“My career has really progressed since I did my MBA,” Dr Alfred said.

“When I added it to my resume, companies looked at it favourably and, on many occasions, I was called for interviews. In my view, the MBA was the key to acquiring a competitive advantage in the job market.”

Find out more about ACU Online’s MBA program.

This feature was created in collaboration with ACU.

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