Muscat: Fresh graduates from Sultan Qaboos University have shared their aspirations of what they wish to accomplish in the future and how they can help develop the country in the years to come.
While many go on to careers in finance, marketing or accounting, others take a perhaps less-travelled path. However, they have one mission in common – to serve our country, to give back to a country that has afforded them so much.
Over 1,600 graduated in the Humanities from SQU – the latest of the 2,922 graduates who successfully earned their degrees from across nine colleges this year – and look forward to getting jobs and accomplishing all that they have set out to do.
Hajar Saleem Marhoon Al Badi, who graduated with a Masters in Educational Psychology, having juggled her full-time job with her studies, now wants to give back to a country that has given them so much.
“There was a little difficulty working and being a full-time student, but what I noticed from my co-workers was that they were under pressure because they were working when they should’ve been studying,” she explained. “I want to thank my family, especially my dear parents, as well as the academic staff in my department, and dedicate this success to my beloved mother and father.”
“I now want to work at SQU because it is a distinguished scientific edifice and its name is linked to the leader of Oman’s Renaissance,” added Hajar.
“I don’t, however, distinguish between the private and public sectors, and am optimistic of the future because of my specialisation is required in the educational field in the future,” she further said.
Fellow graduate, Fatima Sadiq Al Lawati, who graduated with honours in Operations Management said, “There is no easy path to the top. There are always challenges that come when we need to develop soft skills, but you need to balance your personal and professional life and search for the right opportunities to build your career in a successful and satisfactory manner.
“I have graduated thanks to the blessings of God, and my parents, who helped me remove the obstacles and enabled me to become a more capable and independent person.”
She added, “Words are not enough to mention everyone who played their part in my journey, but I must not forget the deans of SQU who helped me. We must not forget the gift His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has given us, and his efforts for this country have kept me motivated to achieve more. I want to thank my college as well, from the teaching faculty who shared their academic experience with us to the college administration who helped us.”
“Operations Management is required in the labour sector,” Fatima went on to say. “With the new opportunities that will arise thanks to Oman’s Vision 2040 strategy, I believe there will be many more vacancies available in operations and supply chain management. We have the advantage of being receptive to new ideas as well as suggesting new ways of doing things, in our capacity as new graduates.”
Hamad bin Abdullah Al Rudaini graduated with a Masters in Education, a course that took him two years to complete. A teacher in the government sector, Hamad wants to do a PhD in the future.
“I am trying to develop more opportunities for everyone to learn, and new ways for people to study so that I can contribute to Oman and its people,” he explained.
“I wish to contribute to the development of this country by being sincere at work, and devoting my time and energy to my students. Difficulties always arise during testing times but you need the perseverance to overcome all of these challenges.
“I want to dedicate my achievement to everyone – to my father, my mother, my brothers, my wife, my children, and my friends, as well as those who devised this curriculum and taught us, without showing partiality to anyone and everyone who helped me achieve this. Now is the time for all of us to stand up and make good of all the opportunities that are and will be available to us. We must now strive to improve ourselves to the best of our capabilities.”
A statement issued online by Dr Ali bin Saud al Bimani, vice chancellor, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), said: “I urge the officials in various business sectors that they should not overlook these national talents and give them the opportunity to prove themselves. These graduates have the competence and spirit of leadership.”
“In the ear of each graduate I whisper and say: Explore your potential and develop your skills in the field of science and in others; to create something wherever you are. Keep up with the world’s openness to multidisciplinary fields of knowledge, whether in your own project, in your organisation, or in your volunteer work, and be a cornerstone of Oman’s development,” Ali Al Bimani added.