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Carine Cortbaoui Carine Cortbaoui studied online for an MSc in Management – Oil & Gas, graduating in 2015. She works in Qatar as Executive Management Coordinator at Mowasalat.

What is your background?
I hail from Lebanon where I graduated in Management & Economics from the Lebanese University, studying at a centre affiliated with the French Conservatoire National Des Arts et Métiers. Lebanon was hit by war in 2006 causing disturbance in our personal lives. I chose to move to Qatar where I joined the national transport company, Mowasalat. I have a husband and a young son, and I work full time.

Why did you choose to study online for this degree with the University of Liverpool?
I was determined to enhance my qualifications and rise in my career. I opted for online studies and chose the University of Liverpool after doing some research and realising that the masters would add great value to my profile. The masters improved my understanding in the workplace which was recognised by the management with a promotion.

How did you fit online study into your life?
I studied mainly during the night after work, and after dealing with household and family responsibilities. I had a baby son who demanded my attention which was a times exhausting, but a joyful experience too. Sometimes I used to study in the waiting area at the dentist or beauty salon, or before some postponed meetings at work to avoid wasting time.

What did you enjoy most about studying online with the University of Liverpool?
I enjoyed the interaction with people from different places in the world, and the challenge of completing the demanding requirements of the course – it increased my self-confidence!

While taking the online course I was impressed by the value of the materials given and the quality of people I interacted with. The experience enriched my knowledge, improved my communication skills alongside my reading and writing skills, and motivated me more and more to push the bar through hard work.

What was your experience of interacting with other international students?
Interacting with many cultures made me learn how to accept difference. It also reinforced my socio-cultural development at work where I communicate with ease with around 27 different nationalities on a daily basis.

What did it mean to you to finally graduate?
It was a real achievement and a milestone in my life and my career – a threshold to enlarge my objectives and set higher goals in life.

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