Investing in Your Future
Give Yourself the Edge in Your Career and Commit to Further Studying While You Work and Grow Your Prospects.
If you think exams and assessments are a thing of the past for you now that you have a job, you might have to think again.
If you’re eager to take advantage of key opportunities to progress, then your employer will judge and compare you and your capabilities against your peers. Individuals who demonstrate awareness and interest in personal development are likely to be regarded as highly motivated and engaged.
Studying for a new qualification will help you to get noticed, while an openness to learning shows that you’re flexible, adaptable, and follow a continuous improvement ethos.
Apart from helping you to get promoted, studying generates new ideas and development opportunities. Immersing yourself in challenging concepts can help you create new business solutions. You may discover new skills to add to your portfolio and give yourself the edge in your career.
Pursuing a niche area of expertise will also help you stand out, as well as testing your boundaries and pushing you out of your comfort zone. This will keep you fresh and interested in your role.
Undertaking studies outside the organization you work in will bring you in contact with new people; Networking gives you the opportunity to talk to individuals about the company you work for, the business they are engaged in, general changes within your area, and get your name out there and associated with your chosen industry.
By establishing a learning habit throughout your career, you’re more likely to extend your abilities, mitigate any risks within your industry, and improve your employability.
What to study?
Many organizations provide learning opportunities, particularly those that are of direct benefit to their business needs. You may find, however, that you need to follow a bespoke qualification that is more in line with your own career development plans. Areas for study include learning new technologies, meeting customer demand, or understanding critical legislation.
You want to improve and develop your new skills rather than get a similar qualification. Look at your previous performance reviews and seek advice from your manager or human resources department. After identifying areas for development, find out what learning options are available. This may mean going on a course or workshop, finding a mentor, or undertaking post graduate studies.
Talk to your manager about sponsorship and grant opportunities offered by your company, as you may be able to offset any costs involved in undertaking further study.
Developing Your Career in Energy and Resources
Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU’s) Executive Master in Energy and Resources is a 16-month interdisciplinary program designed for experienced and ambitious professionals. The first class of 29 individuals was admitted to the university on 19 January 2014, and with teaching input from some of the world’s leading experts, the program will help develop future generations of industry professionals.
The program implements Qatar National vision 2030 in building a knowledge-based economy through interdisciplinary learning on issues relevant to Qatar and the gulf region.
The Executive Master program integrates geopolitics, public policy, technology, finance, management, and strategy, in five modules, offered by HBKU in partnership with George Town University, Texas A&M University, and HEC Paris. Modules are taught in intensive, short courses to help participants balance between learning and continued working careers.
The program employs a unique curriculum tailored for Qatar, designed for high-potential managers and executives already working in areas where the production, consumption, or environmental impact of energy and natural resources are likely to significantly affect profits or policy. It also proved to be fundamental for industry experts in mining and extraction, refining, shipping, power production and transmission, investment banking and trading, as well as associated industries that are energy-intensive or transform raw materials.
Successful participants will graduate with an Executive Master’s degree from HBKU and will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion from each of the program’s HBKU partner universities.
To join the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree with seven years’ professional experience OR Ten years’ professional experience with a successful track record in management.
- A global mindset.
- A proven record of professional achievement.
- Potential to assume greater managerial responsibilities.
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