Rana Hajjaj is a member of Marist's online MBA Class of 2016. She lives in the New York City area and is employed by the Delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the United Nations as a Finance Officer.
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions:
I received my BBA from the American University of Beirut and then worked in finance for International NGOs for two years in Lebanon. In addition, I worked for two more years at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Middle East North Africa Zone also in Beirut.
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to manage the financial resources of international organizations in the most efficient and effective manner, so as to help communities achieve their sustainable development potential.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist?
Marist’s MBA program is competitive and convenient for full-time working professionals. It has improved my understanding of systems, businesses, and the economy of the US.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development.
MBA 603 was particularly helpful for my professional and even personal development. It has given me very meaningful insights into important aspects of my life. For example, it provides a comprehensive understanding of the right framework of sustainable development. This is important for me as the United Nations HQ in NY is very focused on sustainable development in its Post-2015 Development Agenda. The course has also enhanced my ability to research, read, and write, especially in the area of intercultural communication. It helps me understand intercultural conflicts and accept other people’s perspectives on many subject matters.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career?
It has broadened my vision and my understanding of business, management, communication, and cultures.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?
I would encourage an MBA degree because the curriculum is very interesting, real-time, modern, and up-to-date.
If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?
Online classes are very convenient for full-time working professionals. I would suggest being skilled at time management though.
Please feel free to provide additional comments.
I am glad that the IFRC has developed an academic partnership with Marist to provide this opportunity to staff and volunteers working in Red Cross & Red Crescent National Societies. The course will no doubt be useful to humanitarian workers.
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Business Administration
Academic School: Management