Alumni Testimonials

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We asked our alumni about their MBA experience and any advice they had for prospective students. Read what they had to say.

2021 Class Profile

  • 33 Average age
  • 12 years average work experience 
  • 30:70 - Ratio women to men 
  • Class includes students from 13 nationalities

MBA Student Spotlight - Application Advice - Ben Donahue

Full-Time MBA student Ben Donahue sat down with us to give his tips and advice about applying for the Trinity MBA.

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I was concerned that I would not be able to manage the demands of the course around my existing work and life commitments. However the Trinity Part-Time MBA exceeded my expectations in all these regards. The standout for me has been the quality and real-world experience of many of the lecturers, who are masters of their material, and manage to balance the subject matter with real world executive concerns in a highly pragmatic and effective way. The programme is a powerful combination of foundational learning and the latest academic and business thinking, plus the course's timetable is accommodating and fits well with my work schedule.

Both the breadth and the depth of the MBA, has meant a highly challenging and engaging experience. I would highly recommend the Trinity MBA to any executive looking to build on their existing experience and develop a more critical and holistic business perspective.

Blaine Callard

CEO of Freedom Australia

The Trinity MBA offers students an opportunity to develop their leadership and general management skills through an exceptionally interactive, team based approach to learning. I found the intensive programme to be very much personalised while affording me with valuable one-on-one relationships with the faculty.

The programme has a strong international focus where students learn business principles relevant for a more global world. During my time at Trinity I had the opportunity to work with some of the most remarkably dynamic individuals who came to the programme from all over the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the Trinity MBA experience and will cherish not only the knowledge I gained but also the friendships that I made.

Erin Malone

Global Marketing Manager, Amazon

From the many MBA programmes I looked at, Trinity stood out as it offered me the opportunity to apply the theory in real business settings through the company projects. I worked with a leading payments multinational and a start-up in geotechnical engineering looking to scale their business. Working within teams we were challenged to create solutions to existential and strategic issues facing the businesses we collaborated with, so it really brought theory from the course lectures to life.

The other standout points from the Trinity MBA include the quality of my fellow candidates and access to an international network. The course also offered me the chance to complete modules in UCLA and Fudan University in Shanghai. It was a highly challenging experience to complete an MBA whilst a partner in a large corporate law firm but the MBA was certainly worthwhile for me as it helped me transition to my chosen area in aircraft leasing immediately after graduation.

Dan Kiely

Senior Vice President – Legal, BoComm Aviation Leasing Ireland

"Before I started the MBA I was advised by another medical MBA alumna it would change my view of the world, and how right she was. Thanks to the talented and well informed lecturers who challenged my preconceptions, I grew to understand how businesses operate and this provided a catalyst for my continued learning. The greatest learning for me was collaborative, working closely with team members from diverse backgrounds and appreciating the value this diversity brings to decision making. I loved working on our various projects in second year where the theoretical knowledge from first year could be applied practically.

I had never worked on projects like these before but, because project work formed a significant part of each module, they provided me with an opportunity to develop my own leadership style. Through self-reflection and regular peer-reviews from teammates, I began to identify where my personal strengths and areas for growth lie. I am now armed with the skills and techniques I believe are crucial going forward in my career, and have the confidence to embrace any new opportunity that lies ahead. Thank you Trinity Business School for opening my mind and challenging me!"

Dr. Clodagh Conway

Medical Assessor, Department of Social Protection

The Trinity MBA has given me the confidence to move ahead in my career. It gave me the opportunity to step back and reflect on what I do, how well I do it and where I can improve together with the toolkit to progress. It has given me a much greater sense of appreciation for what it is to become strategically focused. But ultimately, it was the opportunity to apply my existing skillset coupled with those skills learned on the MBA in my own workplace that has proved most rewarding.

Ian Brady

Head of Institutional Advisory Group, Davy