Teamwork in learning

Working and studying at the same
time is certainly a challenge but thanks to some mutual support Sonia
McLaughlin, Chief Officer in the Ministry of Finance (Public Finance Section)
and Rosworth McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Administration), each recently
completed Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of
Liverpool, U.K.

While the responsibility of their
full time jobs and other demands made it a very challenging experience, they
agreed that it was intellectually rewarding. Their dissertations were based on
current financial and human resource management within the Cayman Islands
public sector.

One of the most interesting aspects
of the programme for the McLaughins was the class participation, where they liaised
with students from across the globe. They enjoyed learning about other students’
cultures and ways of conducting business.

 “This experience has definitely enhanced my
leadership skills and made me address every situation with a more positive attitude,”
said Mrs. McLaughlin.

“I thank God, first and foremost,
for the strength He gave me to complete this programme, and I thank my husband
who encouraged me to pursue this degree simultaneously with him. I am also grateful
for the support from my colleagues and family members who relentlessly
encouraged me to succeed.”

Mrs. McLaughlin said she found the
subject areas of managing change, financial reporting and managing people most
interesting, while Mr. McLaughlin said he most enjoyed financial reporting,
managing change and strategic human resources subject areas.

“The programme helped to build my
self-confidence while reinforcing the importance of financial reporting and
internal control procedures in my organisation, as well as improving my leadership
abilities,” he said.

“I attribute my success to the
Almighty God and the invaluable support of friends, my wife and other family
members.”

Both Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin have
been civil servants for over thirty years. They hope that the completion of
their MBAs at this stage in their careers will inspire others to purse such a
programme, particularly those in managerial positions or aspiring to be
managers.

 “Achieving academic excellence is priceless
and we can now appreciate the value and benefits of applying what we have
learned to enhance our daily lives, both professional and personal,” said Mr.
McLaughlin.

“Our accomplishment should also
serve as a road map for our children to strive to achieve the highest
professional qualification possible.”

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Sonia and Rosworth McLaughlin each recently completed Masters of Business Administration degrees.
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