In a previous post, we looked at how professionals from some of the world’s leading organisations are applying their online MBA knowledge to the banking and finance workplace.
Online MBA studies are not only helping busy professionals around the world to greatly expand their business knowledge, but also to achieve greater success in their existing roles and open up a wealth of career opportunities in higher-paid, more senior positions.
Studying an online MBA doesn’t just offer you the chance to add another qualification to your CV – it provides you with a rewarding opportunity to immediately apply what you’ve learnt in theory to your workplace.
With its range of electives on offer, Imperial’s Global Online MBA programme is offering not only professionals in banking and finance roles around the world, but also those in other industries such as science and engineering, the opportunity to tailor their MBA to their individual career goals and immediately apply their knowledge and skills to their own workplace.
In this article, we look at how Imperial Global Online MBA student and Operations Manager for Gulfstream Aerospace, April Morina, is applying her online MBA knowledge and skills to the engineering workplace.
I invested a lot of time into researching MBA programmes. While I found positive aspects in many different schools, Imperial checked all of the boxes.
Q: Could you please briefly discuss your role and your organisation?
I work in the product support organisation of a major business jet manufacturer. I am currently an operations manager, where I oversee maintenance hangar operations to include 150 technicians, management, and support roles. Our customers come from around the world and largely consist of high-net-worth individuals, corporate flight departments, and government entities.
Q: What made you decide to undertake the Imperial Global Online MBA?
I largely focussed on the reputation of the school, the value for cost, the calibre of students and professors, and the convenience of an online programme. Now that I am nearly a year into the programme, I recognise that the literature I reviewed about the school initially accurately described what my experience has turned out to be.
Q: How do you think you are applying your MBA knowledge within your workplace?
I have been able to apply the knowledge I have gained from the programme within my workplace in multiple ways. I have gained practical skills in areas including finance, decision-making, quantitative analysis, marketing, and accounting that I apply in my day-to-day work. Having deeper general business knowledge allows me to be more insightful in my conversations with leadership and more precise in execution. I often reference frameworks, case studies, examples, and principles to validate my positions on subjects, which has made me more credible especially when working with longer tenured employees.
Working within the cohort on team projects has allowed me to experience, and experiment with, different leadership styles in an academic setting. I have learnt a tremendous amount from my teammates, and have also found that I can call on any of them for their opinions on workplace challenges.
April Morina is currently studying the Global Online MBA programme offered through Imperial College Business School. Find out more about the Global Online MBA programme.