At that time, I could not travel far so, being the nearest university to my family’s home was one of the most important factors.
I was involved in a family business from a very young age and it was natural - as economics are at the heart of all businesses - to choose a degree in Economics.
The unique style of teaching and being surrounded by good friends made the subjects really engaging and easy to understand.
Travelling from one campus to another was great! Each had a special thing about them such as the country side of Trent Park, the technical Bounds Green Campus and, of course, the entertaining vibe of the Hendon Campus.
Whatever you do, do it with passion! If you choose a job you love, you will not work a day in your life.
There are two things and two people I will never forget at Middlesex. First is Mr Robert Webb, who one day opened the share pages of the Financial Times and said "now I have taught you the tools of financial analysis, there is a million pound on these pages - find it". Second, Mr Levy, my Microeconomics teacher, who always said "economy is life and life is like chess; you always have to run parallel games to reach your goal".
I went into masters in Investment Management at City University. When I graduated, the twin towers in New York got hit and global financial crisis made it impossible for graduates to step onto the career ladder. For a few years, I helped to grow my father’s shop and restaurant. We then entered the property business, which has grown exponentially. My businesses today comprise of running restaurants, property development, accountancy, and financial technology.
Setting up my own fin-tech company, an online digital banking platform for SME businesses.
1. Whatever you do, do it with passion. Choose a job you love so that you do not have to work a day in your life.
2. No is not always a no.
3. Do not wait for your turn, make it your turn.
It is important that every aspect of your life and achievement come from hard work and great negotiation skills, which depends on good communication skills.
Use your culture to your advantage. Trust me, in this globalised business world you are a step ahead.