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Jahanzeb Jahangir

Jahanzeb Jahangir

Head Of Strategy, OExperience Oktopus Media Group

MA Marketing Communications, 2011

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University as it was the only university offering a specialised masters degree in Marketing Communications. Middlesex is also very well known around the world.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I always had an interest in Marketing Communications so when I saw the course outline on the Middlesex University website, I made up my mind to study at the university.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

Studying at Middlesex was one of the best experiences of my life. The teachers, staff and all faculty members were always very helpful. Middlesex took us on a residential trip to Newcastle and Durham which was one of the best parts of the course. We all learnt a lot from our trip as we got to interact with renowned companies and businesses. The trip enabled us to see firsthand how things work in the professional world.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

My fondest memory of life at Middlesex was living in the student halls (Platt) and also the different events that take place at the university regularly which, in my opinion, is something other universities do not offer.

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

If you’re looking for a diverse environment and teachers who will challenge and groom your intellect, then Middlesex is the place to be!

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

My experience with Middlesex was a fond one. With teachers being practical and guiding us on the dynamics of the advertising and marketing world of today, I learnt how to implement my knowledge and skills in the industry. As part of my course, we got a chance to visit different cities and companies, to study them and know how businesses work in the real world. I think it was one of the best educational experiences of my life, as it embedded us all with the practicalities of life and how to use our knowledge accordingly

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

I chose the Marketing Communications industry because it’s the only thing that drives my creativity. Since an early age, I was fascinated by creative images, art, ideas, movies and anything which seemed larger than life. Hence, with time and increasing interests I opted to become an advertising and marketing professional where I could channel my creative side and help add to the out-of-the box marketing world which is growing ever so rapidly today.

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

After the successful completion of my degree, I came back to Pakistan and started applying for jobs. As I had an international degree from a reputable university and a good skill set, I was lucky enough to land a position in a sound company.

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

A highlight of my career would be that within 5 years of working as a professional after attaining my Masters Degree, I am now the head of the department at a reputable organisation. Like they say ‘Started from the Bottom, Now We’re Here!

What does the future hold for you?

In the future I aspire to be one of the leading creative brains in the industry not only in Pakistan but globally. With immense hard work and dedication, I’m quite sure I’ll be able to make it!

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

Always choose a career and industry you are passionate about – there is no use doing something you are not really interested in.

Don't limit yourself and make sure you keep on learning. Even in times of failure, learn from your mistakes and make it right the second time.

There will always be people who tell you you’re not going to make it, at times you might feel all the hard work is getting you nowhere, but it’s the struggle which makes you the tough cookie. The road to any success in any industry lies in the struggle, the hard work and the belief. So never stop believing and always stay hungry!

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