Austin Phillips and Richard Purdy – engineers from SMD, independent designer and manufacturer of work class and...
Final Rank: Warrant Officer Class One, G2 Branch, HQ ARRC
Years Served: 20 Years
Course: BA Business & Enterprise
Why did you choose to study on BA Business & Enterprise (BABE)?
After choosing to leave the Army after 20 years’ service I knew that I required some commercial business education, exposure and some valid qualifications to underpin the management skills learned in the Army. I had looked at a number of programmes across the country and decided that this one would give me the necessary business training and skills required, prior to leaving the Forces.
What were the three key things that you learned?
Time management has been a massive learning curve while completing this programme. I have spent many Fridays travelling home listening to business audio books on the move. I also learned a lot about my abilities to achieve results, and to empower the team to achieve a high standard when planning
and executing tasks.
Has your organisation benefited from your studies and, if so, how?
The organisation has benefited a great deal from my studies: communication, both internally and externally, has improved dramatically and the team manage tasks and workload in a more structured way, learning from one another’s experience and knowledge. The team have learned to plan, delegate and follow tasks through to the finish, which has led to a great sense of achievement for those organising and taking part in the activities and events.
What has been the impact on you personally in achieving a degree?
The degree has been a step towards my resettlement into civilian life and, with 12 months left to serve, I will be complementing the degree course with further learning to give me a more rounded CV. This achievement has given me the business knowledge and confidence to go out there and transfer my management skills into a commercial business environment.
What would you say to someone who is considering starting BA Business & Enterprise?
If you are considering further study and want to go into the business world then this is the course for you. It looks at business process, growth and innovation. A lot of the study is based in your place of work, which improves your own processes, communication and management. You also get to meet some great people, which is a good introduction to networking and the civilian world.
If you had to sum up participation in BABE in one sentence, what would you say?
The course was difficult in parts, but gave me a great learning experience that has ended with a real sense of achievement.
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