MBA helps First O cer’s career take o
Rising up the ranks to the captain’s position, First Oicer Stuart Dunn knows that taking on more senior roles will require more than just experience.
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.