MBA helps First O cer’s ca­reer take o

Ris­ing up the ranks to the cap­tain’s po­si­tion, First Oœicer Stu­art Dunn knows that tak­ing on more se­nior roles will re­quire more than just ex­pe­ri­ence.

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Hav­ing worked at Qan­tas for the past seven years ying both do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, Stu­art’s new chal­lenge – an MBA from the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Busi­ness – will be the key to open­ing up fu­ture se­nior op­por­tu­ni­ties in the avi­a­tion industry.

“Many of the man­agers, project pi­lots, tech­ni­cal pi­lots and those work­ing in re­cruit­ment and train­ing have post-grad­u­ate de­grees, so I see com­plet­ing the MBA as a way to un­lock fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties in my ca­reer,” he said.

“Each sub­ject gives me an over­view of busi­ness, not to men­tion the lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills re­quired for man­age­ment po­si­tions. I’m only about half-way through my MBA, but I can al­ready see it pay­ing fur­ther div­i­dends in the fu­ture.”

Know­ing that com­plet­ing the full­time MBA while ying Boe­ing 737s for a liv­ing wouldn’t be a sim­ple chal­lenge, Stu­art chose a ex­i­ble op­tion that would t around his ros­ter, which can in­volve up to ve do­mes­tic ights in a day work­ing any­where be­tween 12 and 20 days in each 28 day pe­riod.

“Study­ing by dis­tance was the only way I could con­ceiv­ably do my MBA, but tting the de­gree in around my ros­ter is never too di cult, since I can take my course notes and jour­nal read­ings with me wher­ever I go and work from my iPad be­tween work days,” Stu­art said.

He has even rec­om­mended the pro­gramme to his col­leagues on the ba­sis of the prac­ti­cal skills it pro­vides that can be ap­plied to the work­place al­most im­me­di­ately, and the fact that it can be com­pleted in just 12 months, mak­ing the rise up the ca­reer lad­der even faster.

“Within the next 5 – 10 years I’d like to be­come a cap­tain, and the MBA pro­vides the knowl­edge and crit­i­cal think­ing to open doors in ar­eas that I wouldn’t oth­er­wise have had ac­cess to,” he said.

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