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David Hadley David Hadley is Chief Executive Officer at Mediclinic Middle East in Dubai and a University of Liverpool online Masters in Business Administration (MBA) graduate.

“The online MBA enabled me to become a more rounded, more professional businessman, so much so, I have since been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer.”

What was your motivation for pursuing your MBA?

I only had a Bachelor’s degree at the time, which had benefited me greatly over the last 15 years or so, enabling me to climb the corporate ladder to a fairly senior level, but I felt like I had reached a plateau and needed a higher level of learning to push my career further forward. I had also developed a lot of experience over my career and felt that the online MBA would substantiate and support this experience, which it most certainly did.

Finally, I am a firm believer that you must continuously invest in yourself through learning – I have read many business related books and autobiographies of great businessmen and realise that there is so much to learn out there and the more we apply ourselves the better we can become and collectively the better future we can create for all.

Why did you choose an online method of delivery to pursue your educational goals?

I had wanted to study an MBA for many years, but my busy, unpredictable work schedule and young family, prevented me from attempting this. When I heard about the University of Liverpool’s online method of learning I realised that it would now be possible for me to balance my studies with my career and my family – there are many “other” undiscovered hours in the day that I was able to sacrifice. Without the online method I doubt that I would have been able to commit to such a programme.

Was your employer supportive of your pursuing your MBA? And what impact/benefits can your degree have for your employer?

At first my employer suggested to me that I did not need an MBA as an MBA was for professionals such as doctors or engineers who want a better high-level view of business. As I was in effect a senior businessman already (as opposed to a professional), it was suggested that the MBA would not add any value to my repertoire.

Following much deliberation, I thankfully persisted on my own and undertook the studies. My employer has now realised that the MBA enabled me to become a more rounded, more professional businessman and I guess so much so that I have since been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Now that you've graduated, how has your MBA had a positive impact on you personally and professionally?

Personally I feel more confident when I approach any business challenge / situation; I have a better understanding of my own skills and feel equipped to apply these skills as and when necessary. To summarise what the MBA did for me - I guess you can say that I feel like I am a more “professional” businessman! Professionally, I would argue that the MBA was the reason I was appointed to the role of CEO. I have been in this role for two years now and I am proud to say that the organisation is performing well above market expectations during my tenure so far!

On top of this – the online MBA made me realise that I am an entrepreneur and whilst I continue to serve my employer with all of my commitment and dedication, I have also managed to start a small (non-competing) business on the side which is performing exceptionally well and is providing a livelihood for eight people!

I would recommend the University of Liverpool because...

it is a dynamic, flexible, young at heart University which is continuously adapting to the ever changing business environment. To add to this, it has a culture stretching back many years with “red brick” historical experience to give you the security of a globally recognised qualification that is respected by its peers.

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