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The journey that led Osman Karakus towards the Durham MBA

Before Full-time MBA alumnus, Osman Karakus (2016/17) studied at Durham University Business School, he worked in banking, and although he enjoyed the industry, Osman was quite keen to experience companies’ processes and participate in real business cases.

“So, I joined a start-up team for a new business initiative in Instanbul, Turkey. Through a five-year period, the business achieved substantial success,” said Osman.

When the company started to expand in the region and enter the international market, Osman was one of two employees assigned to help operate the business in Baku, Azerbaijan. Osman hired and trained employees, controlled financial processes and managed the Accounting and Collection Department during four years.

“It was a very challenging, but fascinating experience,” said Osman.

At the end of Osman’s four years in Baku, he decided to embark on a new career journey. He opted to undertake the Durham Full-time MBA in order to broaden his business horizons by enhancing his managerial abilities, and international business knowledge before undertaking a new role in a multinational company.

“Durham University Business School is highly ranked, and has a long history with a strong tradition and extensive academic backgrounds. The Business School’s triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS), the School’s vision and the professionalism of the staff made easy for me to choose the Durham Full-time MBA,” said Osman.

“The Durham MBA programme advances your knowledge and skillsets in areas, such as finance, accounting, marketing, strategic management, economics, leading and managing people, operation and technology, and international business with core modules and enables to specialise in a specific area such as consultancy or entrepreneurship with selective modules,” said Osman.

“You are also provided the opportunity to study an additional language and practise it during the international business trip. The trip is an amazing experience, and provides you with the opportunity to observe international companies, their internationalisation processes, different cultures and way of doing business first-hand,” said Osman.

“After completing my MBA at Durham University Business School, I have obtained more broad cross-functional business knowledge, managerial abilities and leadership skills with a holistic approach,” said Osman.

“The skills and knowledge I have learnt throughout this programme will be beneficial to perform my role, manage my team and create additional value for my company. I believe each of these experiences and what I've learnt will continue to help me throughout my new career journey, enable me to take additional roles and perform more challenging tasks efficiently and thus generate value for my company and its customers,” said Osman.

Thank you Osman for sharing your experience with us! We wish you the best of luck on your future successes following your journey here at Durham University Business School.

You can find out more information about our MBA programmes here.