The hard work involved in fitting in course work and class time while working full time and being a new dad has paid off of for Shetlander Matthew Laurenson who graduated from Robert Gordon University (RGU) with an MBA in Oil and Gas Management.
Matthew, from Hamnavoe, son of Anthony and Elizabeth Laurenson is a project management consultant with Nexen Petroleum UK Limited in Aberdeen. He was encouraged to consider continuing professional development (CPD) after gaining chartered engineer status. As someone who had a keen interest in business he decided to pursue an MBA to compliment his engineering qualifications and experience.
“I was attracted to the MBA course at RGU because it allows students to specialise in oil and gas management which is fairly rare,” he said. “This, coupled with the opportunity to study in a flexible part-time set up, made it the best option for me. I also chose RGU because the business school is highly ranked in national league tables.
“I’m delighted to be graduating from the course without the need to take any breaks, especially as my wife and I had our first child Hannah at the end of my second year of study. Despite all that, I managed to successfully complete the course and I really appreciate the support I've had from my wife Rebekah and the wider family.”
Aberdeen Business School’s Leadership Week which this year brought together more than a dozen business leaders and 80 students and alumni from around the world is one of the key components of the MBA course.
“Leadership Week was definitely the highlight of the course, getting to spend time with all the full-time, part-time and distance learning cohorts who gathered together at the RGU Garthdee campus for the week. The speaker line up was great, with senior leaders from many large oil and gas companies, as well as trade bodies and leading academics in the fields of leadership, and communication,” said Matthew.
“I work in project management with Nexen, one of the leading oil and gas operators in the North Sea and I plan to take the experience gained from this course back into the workplace. I have already had the opportunity to do this via the final consultancy project which was carried out in conjunction with Nexen and was well received.”
by Kate Yuill
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