Bachelor of Business Administration - emphasis in Management
Abdalla Qudsi is a seriously busy individual. He successfully manages a full-time job, attends part-time Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) studies and still finds time to spend with his wife and young son.
“The biggest challenge is the time,” says the honours student (Instrumentation Engineering Technology ’06 and Electrician ’10.) “I’m working to better my future, which will mean a better life for my family.”
Abdalla saw NAIT’s Trades to Degrees pathway as an opportunity to fulfill his goal to earn a degree. The program, one of the first in North America, allows students with an approved trades credential to enter the third year of the BBA in a Management emphasis. NAIT’s flexible learning means Abdalla can take courses during the day, evening or online, allowing him to keep his regular job while he builds his skills.
“Most of the trades industries are always looking to fill management positions, supervisors, project management. It would help a lot to have a background in both the trades and business,” says Abdalla, who expects to graduate in 2017.
Learning at NAIT
“NAIT really prepared me for the real world."
Trades to Degrees pathway
“It's amazing. Two years for a degree; it's a steal of a deal."
Abdalla’s long history of NAIT studies started when he left Jordan at age 18 to study English for four months. Originally interested in following his father’s engineering footsteps, he came to NAIT on the recommendation of a family friend. During his English studies, Abdalla decided to stay on with the polytechnic and enrol in further courses.
“I still think it was the best decision I’ve made in my life,” says Abdalla, who uses both his electrician and instrumentation engineering skills in his role with TransAlta. Abdalla has also been given leadership opportunities, a favourite area of his studies. “It’s a skill you can use anywhere.”
His practical, hands-on JR Shaw School of Business education – which includes real-world projects – provides a solid grounding for a range of essential skills, including financial planning, leadership, project management and decision making.