My First Year – DIT MBA

DIT Executive MBA student Mark Kettles shares his experience of the DIT MBA as he looks forward to Year 2.

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”- Leonardo Da Vinci

Something I keep telling myself.

Mark KettleThis past year has been a personal watershed, as I began the Executive MBA programme in DIT, last Sept 2016. Combining employment and part-time study is a challenge. It can be a daunting prospect to deliberately immerse yourself in a deluge of study, lectures, assignments, exams and group work, whilst juggling the pressures of a demanding job and then committing to this for two (apparently distant) years. However, Friday evening and Saturday morning lectures gave me the flexibility to manage my time so that work was not impacted and this has been well received by my organisation and given me that reassurance to manage both commitments effectively.

The course has been a hugely valuable experience in year one. The breadth of learning so far has extended from economics, marketing, data analytics, finance and leadership to organisational behaviour. It has been immensely relatable to my role and organisation and I have been able to bring back learnings such as forecasting techniques from Data Analytics to exploring more Digital Marketing opportunities in my team. However, it is much more than the theory, inviting more introspection and then practical everyday application to leadership style and personal effectiveness.

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MBA Induction Weekend – Killashee House Hotel, September 2016

As work and study ebb and flow, confluence naturally occurs at end of term deadlines and exams. Planning and preparation is everything – co-ordinating assignments and study is essential to give you the best chance of success – something that became apparent in semester one, as deadlines peppered pre-Christmas holidays. Tip: If this is a natural peak period in work, best advice I can give is plan for increased work demands and get the assignments done early; it will really help, especially with the boss and getting time off for those exams in January.

I was lucky enough to have a great Group to work with in Semester One who helped me manage this initial workload – whether with a weekly Skype call or simply daily WhatsApp messaging – we connected consistently so that we weren’t overwhelmed approaching end of term, which continued into exam preparation and group study; and this brings me to the wider class – It has been the best part of the course so far, connecting with a diverse, knowledgeable, experienced and committed group. We’ve had fun, I’ve learned from them and I know that I have made friends for life already. DIT have been very supportive, through fun, interactive classes led by encouraging, open lecturers. The MBA class has been all about shared learning and applying this in your role as a leader.

Year one is done, it has flown by and I’ve already gained so much from the course. Year two is upon us and I’m looking forward to all the new experiences it will bring. It has been tiring, pressurized and time-consuming but always worthwhile and rewarding.

For any professional looking for a new challenge, personal development, career advancement or just lifelong learning, this Exec MBA course in DIT teaches beyond the theory and makes you look at how to get the best out of you. Go for it, you won’t regret it.

“Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.    Brian Tracy

Mark Kettles – current MBA student, DIT College of Business

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Jonathan Walsh says:

    Hi Mark,
    I couldn’t have said it better. Looking forward to next year and meeting the group again.
    My thoughts are that it is more than just learning, it is first and foremost, developing a new mindset, with the confidence to take on greater challenges in the future.
    Enjoy the break.


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