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Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed, MSc Management

Business Analyst, Nigeria High Commission

MSc Management, 2010

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University because of its reputable Business School. This offers an outstanding and state-of-the art learning environment as well as high quality teaching and research. I was also attracted by the great location of the university in North London, the fact the tuition fee was quite reasonable and because of the multi-cultural nature of the university.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I was a Business Management graduate from Ahmadu Bello University, one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria which is my home country. I wanted to build on my Business Management expertise both academically and professionally and I was attracted by some of the modules the Msc Management course at Middlesex University offers to postgraduate students. I felt these would help me become a world class Business Consultant.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I really enjoyed the tutelage I received from the wide range of professional lecturers on the programme and being able to study independently in a truly international environment. I also relished the objective and detailed feedback I received on my coursework and class presentations.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

The university environment, the library services and the range of academic and social activities: karaoke night, to cultural night, seminars and various other extracurricular activities.

What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

I would highly recommend going to Middlesex University to study. The university provides a top-notch education that prepares you well for the world's challenges after university.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

The time I spent at Middlesex University was actually invaluable. I developed knowledge that made me employable and enabled me to fully understand and empathise with the roles and responsibilities of others within an organisation and gave me the tact to handle difficult situations. Being exposed to the university environment also helped me to acquire various other skills such as the ability to conduct research, manage my time effectively, work independently or as part of a team, as well as good planning and organisational skills. This has enabled me to get to where I am today.

What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

I am a civil servant and I chose to work in government because it offers stability, flexibility, personal growth and professional development. The cons include low levels of control and capped earning potential.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?

Despite having a master's degree, it was not easy for me to find a job straightaway after graduation due to the economic climate. However, I took advantage of the various milk-round events and career fairs, and I also took on voluntary work at different charity organisations. These activities enabled me to establish a good network of contacts which in turn helped me to get a foothold on the career ladder. Hard work, dedication, determination and perseverance paid off in the end.

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

I am really proud of the work I undertook as a volunteer Business Analyst at one of the Charity Organisations I worked with as I helped them to develop a business plan and strategy for the future. I was able to demonstrate to the organisation different ways of generating income in a difficult economic and political environment. These were adopted as a blueprint for the organisation's restructuring. I am also proud of my current contribution as part of a team in the civil service.

What does the future hold for you?

My future is still ahead of me but I see myself taking on new and exciting challenges in an enjoyable environment. I will always give anything I do my best shot – wherever I find myself.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

Build a strong network of contacts, never stop learning and make sure you apply the right tools in each situation – be it looking for jobs or in any role you end up in.

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