Omani na­tional earns de­gree along­side ca­reer

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na­tional re­sid­ing in the UK has earned an MBA de­gree from the pres­ti­gious Lon­don Busi­ness School, while pur­su­ing her ca­reer at the same time.

Farah Iqbal Har­ris, who is of In­dian ori­gin but gained Omani na­tion­al­ity in 2008, cur­rently works for pres­ti­gious con­sult­ing firm Ac­cen­ture, and her fa­ther, Iqbal Bon­dre, says the rea­son she’s achieved this im­por­tant mile­stone is be­cause of the lessons of hard work, per­se­ver­ance and ded­i­ca­tion that she has fol­lowed through­out her life.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Times of Oman, Iqbal said his daugh­ter never for­got the val­ues with which she was brought up.

“When­ever she was grow­ing up, if she wanted to pur­sue some­thing, she would al­ways put her mind to it and get it done,” he said. “She was al­ways very fo­cused and she never let any dis­trac­tions come in the way of what­ever she needed to do.

Her friends would of­ten ask her to come with them to go out in the evenings, but she knew what was im­por­tant, and when­ever she needed to study, she would make sure that came first and would be her pri­or­ity.

“Af­ter she fin­ished school­ing from In­dian School Mus­cat, she grad­u­ated from Ma­ni­pal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and then she was of­fered a job by In­fosys in In­dia,” added Iqbal. “She worked with them in In­dia and the US, but then she wanted to come home and spend time with us for a while, so she came back here with Bank Mus­cat. We were blessed that His Majesty gave us Omani na­tion­al­ity so we called her back here.”

Soon af­ter her mar­riage, Farah moved to Lon­don with her hus­band and landed a job in the UK.

“We were lucky that he was also from Rat­na­giri, which is our place in In­dia,” said Iqbal, a for­mer gov­ern­ment em­ployee. “He is in Lon­don now and he is a Bri­tish na­tional.

She went to the UK and while work­ing, she pur­sued her ex­ec­u­tive MBA. The com­pany, Ac­cen­ture, they re­ally value ed­u­ca­tion so she was given a cou­ple of days off in a week so she could study. That is how she man­aged to do it.

“In our home, the en­vi­ron­ment is ed­u­ca­tion-ori­ented,” he added. “I think any par­ent will want to do the best for their chil­dren, but more im­por­tantly, my son-in-law was en­cour­ag­ing her and I must give credit to him.

Be­ing in Lon­don to man­age work and stud­ies at the same time and man­age it well needs co­op­er­a­tion and en­cour­age­ment and mo­ti­va­tion from ev­ery­one all around you.”

Iqbal also said that although the mod­ern world was con­tin­u­ously chang­ing, there was noth­ing more im­por­tant than a good ed­u­ca­tion.

“You pick up things from your par­ents, be­cause they are the finest in­sti­tu­tions,” he said.

“The most im­por­tant thing in life is ed­u­ca­tion. Noth­ing is more im­por­tant than a good char­ac­ter and good ed­u­ca­tion,” he added.

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