Atiya at Accenture

Name: Atiya Kalim

Course: BA Hons History

 Graduated: 2008

 Nationality: UK/USA 

Current position: Analyst at Accenture

I came to Durham University at the very end of September 2005, having just turned 18 and never having lived anywhere but home. I was the very definition of a fresher. My suitcase weighted down with text books and a new winter coat I came to live out my dream of wandering around the beautiful city of Durham, studying history in the shadows of the medieval castle and cathedral. I arrived excited for the adventure of the three years ahead.

Looking back to those days I would never have imagined that my module choice of Britain as an Economic Superpower would not only lead me to taking a special subject focused on Ecomomic History (London as an International financial centre), but eventually see me working in technology consultancy at Accenture with a bank for a client. The beauty of a history degree, especially one at Durham is that it opens up so many opportunities. The subject is highly analytical and teaches one to quickly get through a high volume of information and also encourages analytical ability. The excellent teaching and support from the professors really lets you explore your own personal interests.

The excellent communication with and support from my professors, as well as the amazing student body that Durham attracts all combined to make Durham an incredible experience. Whilst studying took place more often in the modern library than next to the Cathedral in the end I learnt invaluable life skills. The attention to detail, the time management, the ability to collaborate and respectfully disagree with contemporaries (as long as you have the right support for your point of view) are all tools I use everyday even though I graduated over 3 years ago!

Apart from the department, and the welcoming and encouraging atmosphere therein, I was also a University Rower. As anyone who has been in a boat at 6am can tell you this is a very difficult sport that requires passion and commitment. I met some of my best friends on a freezing cold River Wear, and with determination we went from terribly mal-coordinated to winning the ‘Boat Race of the North’ against Newcastle university. This to me is characteristic of my Durham, anything can be achieved there with effort and support.

Jalesh goes Consulting with Accenture

Name: Jalesh Mahbubani

Course: MA Management  

Graduated: 2010

 Nationality: Indian

Current position: Analyst at Accenture, London

I enjoyed my time at Durham University, having completed the MA Management in 2010. The small town was perfect for the year long degree with the collegiate system  providing an ideal opportunity to meet people and make friends.

With a business degree at undergraduate level, the subjects weren’t entirely new for me. I applied for the masters at Durham in order to continue my studies in a different environment. And what a different environment it was; we had such a mix of students from all over the world, with a variety of backgrounds and interests. Not only were the students so diverse, the ‘way’ to do things was different from what I had previously experienced. Having been tested mostly through exams, writing out argumentative papers proved interesting, allowing one to really dig deep into a subject and come out with an individual point of view. The course schedule allowed for more than enough personal time. I took advantage of this by involving myself in a lot of sport and extra-curricular activities. I was part of the Amateur Boxing Club at Durham and played a lot of casual badminton and football with Team Ustinov and friends. This is something I recommend everyone should do!

Having the prestigious Durham University on my CV opened many doors for me, including the one to my current job as an Analyst at Accenture. After starting with Accenture, I can see how strong a brand name Durham has and how much effort the company puts into recruitment of graduates from here.

I had an amazing year at Durham; the people, the scenic town, the sport and even some of the lectures. Not only was the year enjoyable, but my time at Durham helped set me up for a career in management consultancy that I had wanted to pursue.