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Double celebration for husband and wife online MBA graduates
Terez Rijkenberg and her husband Paul were always interested in completing an MBA, but time pressures of work and the costs associated with studying meant that a flexible and affordable structure was key. Fortunately, the online MBA at Edinburgh Business School provided the solution they’d been seeking.
Terez found that her goals changed as she moved through the programme. Initially, she was driven towards becoming a company CEO and an MBA appealed to her for the well-rounded business understanding it embodied. However, as the programme progressed and she gave birth to their son, Kai, she found her focus shifted into something more personal. Now Terez is inspired by impacting people’s lives on a one-to-one level, and is passionate about parental entrepreneurs and small businesses.
She is now working towards becoming a strategy coach to support working mothers and help create success in their professional lives: ‘I would also love to be able to offer talks on how it’s OK for your identity to change in your life and that huge life shifts will change what you want and this is OK too. What’s important is to be open to these changes, and be more accepting and compassionate.’
Paul was drawn to the idea of an MBA to broaden his knowledge in the workplace. He was interested in understanding more about the different functional areas of business and had aspirations to focus his career development on strategy, and leading strategic insights and development for businesses. After years of working in IT, he now feels confident taking on other senior roles in different industries: ‘I would love to complete a specialism in strategic planning and am passionate about putting these new skills to use in a consulting capacity.’
Studying while juggling busy working lives and embarking on parenthood was not without its challenges – particularly when their young son stopped napping during the day! – but, with the support of grandparents and flexible exam dates, Terez and Paul were able to achieve their goal and flew to Scotland in December 2019 for their graduation.
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