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Studying an MBA launched Saul’s career into open waters


After a decade going from strength-to-strength in transport policy, a Master of Business Administration in Maritime Management at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) propelled Saul Bosch to a top executive.

For many mid-career professionals, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) boasts attractive benefits: career progression, leadership prowess and, hopefully, an increased salary.

However, for Saul Bosch and his career, he recognised not all MBAs are born equal.

An experienced policy officer across transport, logistics and maritime, Saul’s tertiary qualifications in commerce, public policy and management made him a recognised expert in the transport sector.

After a decade making progress in mid-tier positions, a moment of introspection during the pandemic helped Saul realise it was time to further distinguish his expertise.

“After ten years with the Department of Transport (WA) as a Principal Policy Officer, when COVID-19 struck I thought about formalising my existing transport and maritime skills with the University of Tasmania.

“I chose the course due to its structure and clear alignment to my interest – logistics, systems and theoretical frameworks.”

Taking inspiration from the positive word-of-mouth of his contemporaries, Saul had high expectations for his time at AMC. Beyond the flexible online learning format and expertise of the academic staff, it was the immediate applicability of the content that satisfied Saul the most.

“Every single teacher at AMC has been responsive, approachable, and importantly, smart. They teach you with authority in terms of understanding why the course work is being taught and its applicability in real life examples,” Saul said.

“It sounds funny to say but I had originally thought Dr Fei’s class on knowledge management would be irrelevant. Turns out I was so wrong - I use the learnings every week!”

Becoming an award-winning logistician

MBA qualifications are valued for their capacity to instil an analytical mindset in their graduates – sought after by employers who increasingly value strategic executive teams.

Saul’s previous tertiary qualifications in commerce, public policy and management have put him in good stead towards his professional goals. However, he recognised an MBA was the missing piece needed to solidify his expertise in the maritime and logistics industry.

“My MBA has helped me take that massive leap from being a technical expert to a manager, to a director.

“The ability to specialise in Maritime Logistics has helped me with my aspiration of having my knowledge recognised with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA).

“So much so, I was recently awarded Young Professional in the CILTA Annual Awards for Excellence 2022.”

Across his two years of study online, Saul said the flexible part-time delivery allowed him to make the most of the course while balancing his professional commitments.

“I enjoyed my MBA with the University of Tasmania, and if you are thinking about enrolling and investing your time and efforts, I say give it a go!

“The more you invest in terms of effort and time, the more you will get out of the program. Preparing before logging in to lectures and coming ready to absorb the lessons from your peers, that’s the greatest competitive advantage.”

The University of Tasmania’s Master of Business Administration in Maritime Management is delivered through the Australian Maritime College with flexible, online and in-person delivery options so you can study where and how you want.

Image: Saul Bosch smiling, wearing a suit and tie. Courtesy of Saul Bosch.