In Conversation – Aberdeen Business School: Rita Marcella


Women can have it all at Aberdeen Business School

More and more women are balancing family life with work and studies to gain further qualifications and advance in today’s competitive job market.

Women are learning that a postgraduate qualification can really enhance their career, so to stand out in an increasingly competitive crowd, the application of newly developed skills and theory by gaining such a qualification can help them forge ahead.

However, finding a course that has the flexibility to be synchronised with work, family and social commitments is a key factor for most businesswomen. Robert Gordon University (RGU) is one of the top performing modern universities in Britain and its approach to preparing graduates for employment sees the university consistently placed among the top universities in all league tables.

Is the top university in the UK for graduate employment (HESA 2013), as well as one of the top universities for postgraduate employability, with a 96% employment rate (HESA destination of UK leavers’ survey 2011/12). RGU’s highly acclaimed Aberdeen Business School (ABS) is one of the leading providers of management and business education in the UK and is recognised nationally and internationally for responding to the needs of students and employers.

ABS boasts an impressive suite of postgraduate courses which offer flexible study options to make the journey of gaining a postgraduate qualification suitable for women doing the ‘balancing act’. It has one of the strongest portfolio of quality courses which are accredited by, and has strong links to, the Association of MBAs (AMBA), Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and The Institute of Export.

ABS also has courses accredited by, and has strong links to, The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).

Courses are delivered by academics with relevant industry experience in subject areas which include; an MBA programme; Accounting and Finance; Communication, Marketing and Media; Energy Management; Human Resource Management; Leadership; Library and Information Management; Law; Mediation and Project Operations Management.

Strong links with various sectors and the inclusion of industry placements and projects ensure that course content is relevant to industry requirements and graduates are effectively prepared for the workplace.

Professor Rita Marcella, Dean of Aberdeen Business School, said “As a modern professional university we appreciate the importance of pertinent degree content that relates to the real life working environment. Our accredited courses have been developed as a result of industry demand and are recognised by the global energy sector.”

Professional study is recommended for anyone whether happy in their role or looking for a new challenge and similarly suitable for those who already have a qualification or have worked their way up. In times when skills gaps are widening, a postgraduate degree course can provide a competitive advantage; expanding knowledge and building on experience in an ever growing and changing industry.

An MBA is one way business women forge ahead in their career, whether corporate employees, business owners or entrepreneurs. The skill set and knowledge developed through undertaking an MBA is demonstrated and endorsed by many women who have already triumphed and benefited from committing to further study.

Competition is forcing all organisations to concentrate on developing strong management competencies and an MBA will ensure women in business are ready to meet these challenges.

Choosing to complete an MBA with an accredited provider, such as RGU, is a fine example of a professional’s commitment to business and your chosen career.

Heather Hannam has first-hand experience of studying for an MBA from RGU’s Aberdeen Business School. The 48-year-old says it is a “once in a lifetime opportunity to do something which will open up a world of options” when she graduates.

Heather has over two decades of business experience and following an organisational restructuring of the company she worked for, decided upon a personal career sabbatical to study a full-time MBA in Oil and Gas Management. She said: “My route in was through professional qualifications and years of experience at management level as I do not have a first degree. “For me, this MBA is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something which will open up a world of options when I graduate – it is also the steepest learning curve of my life but I’m loving the stretch.

“Discovering that there is a world of theory underpinning all the HR and management work you have done over the years is very thought provoking.”