Name: Donal McAlister (Non-EU International Coordinator, IT Carlow) Course: MBA College: Institute of Technology Carlow
I took the MBA course in order to inform myself of the latest research and thinking in the field of strategic management. I felt that this was important in terms of my on-going work and career advancement.
The highlight of the course for me was the sense of achievement and accomplishment that I felt upon graduation. The course provided many challenges, the most difficult being the balancing of a work and academic load with the needs of a young family. The support and understanding of my wife was very important in enabling me to disappear for seemingly endless periods of time to study, prepare assignments and complete my dissertation.
My dissertation concentrated on the decision making processes of international students when selecting a study abroad destination and was very helpful to me in understanding my role in encouraging students to come from Asia, Middle East and North America to study in Ireland.
The completion of the MBA has already led to a promotion for me in my place of work. It is clear that the skills and knowledge provided during the course were vital in providing me with the opportunity to take the next step in my career.
Advice for anyone considering postgraduate education? Pick a course that suits your skill set. When the going gets tough, and it will, it is easier to stick at something that you are good at and enjoy doing. There will be times that the course will appear overwhelming but with a positive attitude and support from home you will be able to achieve your goals.
One of the great benefits of pursuing a taught postgraduate program is the opportunity to meet and form bonds with fellow students and indeed I am pleased to say that I made some very good friends during this process.
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