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What Is Studying Business and Management Online Really Like?

We spoke to a student on our MBus course about his experience so far.

We caught up with Don Johnson - a student on our Business and Management Integrated Masters (MBus) - to learn more about why he chose to study online, how he structures his day and what he’s enjoying most about his experience so far.


Why did you choose to study Business and Management via distance learning?

I specifically chose to study the Business and Management MBus course as it’s perfect for someone like me that holds a solid management foundation and wants to be successful in business. As an operations manager in British Army, my continuous quest for a new career, away from army life, has highlighted that the majority of employers I network with want managers who have a broad understanding of finance, marketing and project management — and the MBus covers all of these and more. In the army, life can be demanding, turbulent, sometimes chaotic, and always challenging. For these reasons, my time management needs to be super efficient, with an adding sprinkling of flexibility to fight the daily fires that ignite. Time management and flexibility are the main reasons why I chose to study the course online.


What does a typical day look like?

I am a naturally early riser, which means, routinely, Monday to Thursday my day starts around 5:30am. I normally log on to Blackboard – our e-learning portal –  for a few hours, and then start my daily job with fitness training with my team. My average day normally finishes at around 5pm and after dinner I normally squeeze in some more study time. I never study past 9pm, and I make sure I keep Fridays free for date day with Mrs Johnson. Saturdays and Sundays vary, however I like to study in a block on one day, or break it down between the two days, depending on what we’ve got planned. 


Where/when do you study best?

I’m actually answering these questions while I’m on holiday in Gran Canaria and, yes, I am also studying here! When I’m at home, I often study at the kitchen table.  So, I guess for me, one of the joys of the course is that it fits around my daily routine - wherever in the world that may be. 


What do you like most about studying online with Northumbria?

Every week we are encouraged to conduct group and individual tasks on case studies using Blackboard, so I never feel lonely. Discussing my assignments with others helps me to become more creative and also helps me to strike a balance when I feel overloaded with theory. 

I feel strongly that this course will open up career pathways in countless areas of the business industry and it will help me to decide which role is right for me after I leave the forces. I am only on the first module, but I can say that I am really enjoying the course so far and I am very excited to see where my journey leads.


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