Case study – Youssef Ebrik

What is your nationality?YE

Palestinian.

What/when did you study at Durham?

I received my MSc Finance degree from Durham in January 2014.

What are you doing now – employer and role?

 I am currently an Associate with KPMG‘s Deal Advisory team in the UAE.

 What does your job involve? 

My job mainly involves working on mergers & acquisitions from a due diligence perspective.

 How did your time at Durham help you to succeed? 

I have learned a lot from my time at Durham. Other than improving my technical skills and learning more about my field of interest through the classes I took and the career events I attended, my soft skills were also enhanced by interacting with people from different backgrounds.

What advice would you give to current students? 

My advice to current students would be to first figure out what they want to do, take classes which are relevant to their field of interest, and glean as much as they can from the classes since those skills will be applied in their careers. Also, a very important bit would be to network as much as possible. Career events are usually a good place to start.

Case study – Nida Junaid

What is your nationality?Nida

Pakistani.

What/when did you study at Durham?

MSc Accounting and Finance 2009

What are you doing now?

I was hired by Serco Middle East as Assistant Revenue Planning Manager. Serco is running the operations of Dubai Metro system in the United Arab Emirates along with other facilities and management services for different organizations. I was primarily in the Dubai Metro Finance Team responsible for handling Revenue Operations. After 4 years of service I joined the United Arab Emirates University as a Finance Instructor. This University is based in Alain, UAE and is the largest Government sector University in the region.

What does your job involve?

My job is pure finance since I teach all the principle and advanced courses in finance including “Principles of Financial Management”, ” Corporate Finance” and “Banking Operations Management”.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

My time at Durham has definitely given me the boost I needed in my career. The name Durham in itself is a source of pride for me, however all the finance and accounting courses I was taught were very useful in both the roles in my respective organizations.

What advice would you give to current students?

All the best and yes, you should hold the pride in yourself to be graduating from a top tier University in the UK.

Case study – Anya Bukshi

What is your nationality?Anya Bukshi

Indian

What/when did you study at Durham? 

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree from 2011-2014

What are you doing now?

I’m a Government Consultant on the Graduate Program at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

What does your job involve?

Being a consultant at PwC involves plenty of research, report writing, networking, and on the job learning. Working with the Government team makes me feel quite fulfilled as our work indirectly changes the lives of the citizens and residents living in the Middle Eastern countries we work with.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

Being surrounded by a body of motivated, determined men and women made me want to do the best I could. The desire for success is contagious at Durham and I’m very glad I had three great years to learn as much as I possibly could from the people around me.

What advice would you give to current students?

Don’t let your degree get in the way of your education. Try new activities, go to the talks and debates that Durham’s societies organise. Be confident in who you are but be open to learning new things and self-discovery. Only then will you find what will make you truly happy!

Any other information you want to provide?

Don’t sell your soul to your employer. A healthy work-life balance keeps your mind, body, and soul healthy too!