Online MBA a flexible choice for Londoner

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Tim Carter

Distance is no barrier for overseas students who want to study an online MBA at Griffith Business School.

Expat Tim Carter, 34, is currently completing the MBA long-distance from London.

He’s also Head of Strategy and Business Operations (Europe) for InMobi, the world’s largest independent global mobile ad network.

“I work in the technology industry which is very exciting and provides a challenging environment to learn new things. I wanted to complement this industry experience with an MBA,” he says.

“I decided to undertake the Griffith MBA to provide me with the foundations to be a more effective future leader.”

Tim, who has also worked at Electronic Arts and Yahoo!, started his MBA in mid-2014, taking subjects on economics and sustainability and systems thinking. The former Gold Coast resident already has a Bachelor of Business (2002) and a Master of Marketing Management (2004) from Griffith.

“The great thing is it doesn’t feel even the slightest bit distant,” he says.

“The content is stimulating, and lecturers deliver it in an engaging way that encourages participation.”

“I feel so connected with my lecturers and my MBA colleagues. Everything from lectures, reading materials, online discussions to group work all feels really natural. There is also a huge library of online resources available including access to journals, videos and all the course content.

“I work in a fully connected world and interact with people from all over the globe daily including Paris, Hamburg, New York, San Francisco and Bangalore. It’s really great to be part of an MBA program which operates in a fully digital global environment like my workplace does.”

Tim was also drawn to the Griffith MBA’s core values.

“It was offering more than an MBA, rather a program whereby I will gain an understanding of responsible leadership, sustainable business practices, and a global focus. Sustainability represents the next wave of innovation and the Griffith MBA will prepare me for this.

“Values and purpose are not necessarily the most obvious elements to consider when evaluating an MBA program. However, once I discovered the Griffith MBA and learnt more about it, it set the benchmark in how to evaluate other MBA programs.

“The choice was clear for me, the Griffith MBA stood out as the best MBA available to meet the needs of future business.

“It has already started to change my perspective on how I see the world around me. I hope in the coming years to discover more about myself. I am looking forward to making a meaningful contribution to business, society and this wonderful planet.”

The flexibility of the program’s online delivery system allows Tim to study in his own time. He plans to complete his studies part-time in the next two years.

“I have a demanding role at work and time is limited. The Griffith MBA offers me a lot of flexibility to do lectures, group sessions, readings and study,” Tim says.

“When I graduate I also aim to actively engage with Griffith through the ‘MBA for Life’. You can never stop learning, and having the resources available to keep me up to speed with the latest developments, especially in sustainability will be critical to my future.”

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Ben Ready founded MBA News in 2014 and is the Managing Editor. He is a former business and finance journalist with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Dow Jones Newswires in London. Ben completed his MBA in 2012 and was awarded the QUT GMAA Entrepreneurship Prize. He is also the founder and Managing Director of RGC Media & Mktng (rgcmm.com.au).