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.

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Case study – Amal Al-Agroobi

What is your nationality?Amal

Emirati

What/when did you study at Durham?

BSc Biomedical sciences 2004-2007

What are you doing now?

I work for myself. As soon as I came back to my country, having also completed my masters degree in neuroscience, I started working at a hospital in the field of science. But in 2012, I changed my career path and decided to focus on film, my passion. I opened my own production company in 2013. I focus on media work, creating videos for corporate clients but mostly making documentary and fiction films. I’m on a mission to become a world-class director.

What does your job involve?

I produced and directed films so this gives me a chance to be creative, create stories and bring them to life as well as work on the production side and manage the legalities business of filmmaking.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

I was a part of George Stephenson College. One day I shall astonish the world, that is what each one of us should believe and I think about this all the time when I am making my films, it’s a driving force that pushes me to do better all the time. University is very much about the people rather than education but at Durham I received both. Because Durham, or at least the campus that I was on was very small and contained, I learnt to grow up quickly. Everyone on campus became a member of the family, we bonded and helped each other grow learning very important life lessons. Our professors were very close to us and I think this is something special about Durham – when we go through experiences, we go through them together.

What advice would you give to current students?

Just enjoy it. I really do believe that it’s not about the 9-to-5, it’s about the connections you meet and the life experiences you have. Take advantage of all the facilities that the University has to offer. Become a part of people’s groups – venture outside your comfort zone.

Any other information you want to provide?

I was the senior resident in my third year at Durham. This position offered me a stipend. And I thought that this was a wonderful experience. If you get the chance to become a senior resident, I really encourage you to do so. To be able to make your own money while still at uni, adds a totally different dimension to it.

You can find out more about Amal’s projects via her website and social media:

Personal Website: www.amalalagroobi.com
IMDB:
www.imdb.com/name/nm4251438/
Linked in: www.linkedin.com/in/amalalagroobi 

Official film production site:
www.alagroobifilms.com

 

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!