A communications manager in Shanghai, China, Beverly Ding credits her online master’s study with giving her the courage to take on a major promotion.

“The master’s degree gave me more power. It gave me the confidence to make the change and get a new role” said Beverly, who graduated in July 2017 with an MSc in Project Management. “I think that’s what I learned from the University of Liverpool Online: after studying, you can have confidence in your work”.

Recommended for promotion

Beverly studied alongside her work with the pet food division of a multinational in China. It was her manager who first noticed the progress she was making in her work as a result of her studies.

“When I started studying with the University, I was an executive assistant to the General Manager in the company – a job I had been doing for more than 10 years. Sometimes, he gave me projects to coordinate. During my studies, he noticed that my skills had improved and that I’d put what I learned with the University into practice at work. I didn’t notice but he noticed it,” said Beverly.

Her manager recommended her for a promotion to the Corporate Affairs department. “It was a big challenge – something totally new because I was in my comfort zone for a long time,” she said.

“When I moved to the new position of External Communications Manager there was a lot more to learn. My experience with the University helped me a lot to adapt. Within one year, I was very confident in handling everything in the new role”.

More online learning benefits

Beverly said the online degree had given her project management skills and much more. “The online learning experience gave me so much support. For example, I now know how to work with an agency, how to work with internal stakeholders, how a matrix organisation works.

“During the whole learning journey, one of the biggest benefits I got was learning how to learn, how to do research. Now, if I have questions, I know how to get help – either from books or from colleagues. I know what kind of questions to ask and how to be proactive in getting answers – that’s something that has helped me a lot,” said Beverly.

Graduation and beyond

Beverly completed her master’s study in 2.5 years, travelling to Liverpool to receive her degree certificate in person. It was her second visit to the city along with husband Robert Kist, a University of Liverpool graduate of the online MSc in Software Engineering programme, who graduated there in 2015. “I’m so appreciative of my husband who supported me so much,” said Beverly. “He started studying before I did and then referred me”. Learn more about the referral programme.

Back in Shanghai, Beverly plans to keep moving ahead in her career. “Before my study, I would maybe have been scared. Now, whatever new challenge comes to me, I’ll take it on. I have no fear anymore,” she said.

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