Rasha Al-Raisi

Skills Trainer and Author
BSc in Medical Engineering 2001


Apart from being a graduate, are you in any other way involved with GCU? 

I taught for eight years in Oman Caledonian College of Engineering. The best part was always bumping into my old GCU teachers when they came to Oman for assessments at the end of every semester. 

What are your favourite memories from GCU? 

There were only seven of us doing the degree and we always hung in the refectory after classes. We had great fun. 

Did you join any clubs or societies? 

No, unfortunately I didn’t have the time for them. However, I always wished that I could join the rugby team even though I didn’t have the build or stamina for it! 

Why did you pick GCU and your specific course? 

I wanted to do Medical Engineering and didn’t want to leave Glasgow after finishing my Scottish Higher qualifications so GCU was the perfect choice. 

Are you glad you came to GCU and if so, why? 

Of course I am! GCU has the best course and people. Though I didn’t work as a medical engineer, I never regretted doing the degree. 

What is your current position and employer? 

I’m a freelance skills trainer with 14 years of teaching and training experience. I have also published a book and I write in the Oman Observer on weekly basis. 

Can you tell me about your current role, what does it involve? 

I collaborate with training institutes and develop training programs for employees in different sectors. I also have an experience in competencies assessments in companies here in Oman. 

How has your career progressed since your time at GCU? How has your GCU degree supported you? 

I didn’t work with my engineering degree. Instead, I got a job as a lecturer in the Oman Caledonian College of Engineering teaching Personal and Professional Development. Whilst working, I did my teaching certificate (PGCLTHE) through GCU too, as part of my professional development. Once I left the college, I got certified as a trainer so to start working freelance. 

What is your proudest professional achievement? 

I’m always proud when I see my old students progressing in their careers and lives. 

What advice would you give to current students and new graduates? Do you have any hints or tips specific to your industry? 

Study hard, but make sure you have some fun too! 

What are your future plans, both professionally and personally? 

The plan is to possibly write a second book as well as totally change my career. I like trying different things in life. 

What do you enjoy to do in your spare time? 

I enjoy reading and exercising in my spare time. I also rescue stray cats – there are around 20 of them in my garden and four inside the house. A true cat lady.


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