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Where are you doing now?

I am now an Account Associate in the business and financial services division at Frost & Sullivan.  My role entails sales, consultancy and client relationship management.  My clients range from investment banks and private equity firms to trade and development agencies and management consultancy firms.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria opened the doors to so many opportunities for me.  First of all, Northumbria gave me the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for a year which is a valuable asset on my CV and gets the attention of any company I go to.  Secondly, Newcastle Business School at Northumbria is one of the best business schools and this gave me an advantage in getting into Manchester Business School for my Masters.  Thirdly, my dissertation at Northumbria is about what I want to pursue in life, what I want to build my business on.  Without Northumbria I would not have been able to have that vision.  My dissertation was on Women Entreprenership.  The research, teamwork and presentation skills I gained at Northumbria help me in my career and give me an edge.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about IBM with Spanish was without a doubt the year spent studying abroad.  It still is till today one of the best experiences in my life.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

In my family, my father inspired me most.  He had two degrees and started up his own business and he was a philanthropist.  I have two degrees and I am about to start up my own business and I enjoy giving back to my community.  I also look up to Richard Branson.  He is by far the most successful entreprenuer to me; he is smart, innovative, driven and his employees love him.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

Research and presentation skills.  I use these two heavily.  Research helps you understand your markets and your competititors which is crucial.  Presentation skills are important if you want to be in a serious role.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed a number of modules, the teachers were all warm and friendly.  I really enjoyed the facilities such as the new state-of-the-art gym.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Get into as many extra-curricular acitivities as you can.  Look into summer internships and unpaid internships to boost your CV, but most of all study hard and play hard! Also, learn a language, its fun and essential!  It's like having a superpower in the job market!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Life-changing, Fun and Hard work

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