The MBA – Student Profile Donal McAlister

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Donal McAlister did an MBA at the Institute of Technology Carlow. In January 2017 he became the Director of Marketing & Recruitment at the newly established Muscat University. The university was formally licensed by the Omani Government in October 2016. He tells us about his MBA studies.

Name: Donal McAlister

Course: MBA

College: Institute of Technology Carlow

An MBA for career advancement

I took the MBA course in order to inform myself of the latest research and thinking in the field of strategic management. Furthermore, 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 was 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.

Advice from Donal

Advice for anyone considering postgraduate education? Pick a course that suits your skill set. When the going gets tough, 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. However, 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 programme is the opportunity to meet and form bonds with fellow students. I am pleased to say that I made some very good friends during this process.


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