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Khuram Gilani

Khuram Gilani, MA HRM

Business Development Manager/Consultant, Broadgate Financial

MA Human Resource Management, 2011

What made you choose Middlesex University?

After starting a local recruitment company based in Bangkok, Thailand, I wanted to gain a degree in Human Resource Management. Middlesex is known to have the best HR programme and along with it came CIPD accreditation.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

My ambition was to increase my knowledge of the Human Resource industry, as Thailand has certain HR rules and regulations that would not be acceptable by international standards. I was particularly attracted by the practical nature of the course and felt the modules the Middlesex programme offered were the best fit for my requirements.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I really enjoyed the team building exercises that were assigned to us. It really brought the best out in me.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

My fondest memory of life at Middlesex was getting to know the people there - from fellow students, to my lecturers and admin staff. All of them were very friendly, accepting and always willing to lend a helping hand.

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

One piece of advice I would like to give to prospective students is to ask questions if you are lost or need help. There are always individuals available to assist. This is true regardless of whether the help you require relates to an assignment, adjusting to life in London or personal issues.

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

Unfortunately my current job doesn't have a Human Resource aspect but I do use the leadership and management skills I learnt on a daily basis.

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

Thailand is booming and there are opportunities left, right and centre. When I was presented with an opportunity to work with the biggest developer in Asia, I jumped on it.

The pros are the professional growth opportunities on offer to me at the moment. The cons are that I don't get to spend as much time as I would like working on my recruitment company and other personal ventures which have always been a passion for me.

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

I started networking, mainly to win more clients for my personal ventures but this led to me meeting a few key individuals who provided me with  the opportunity to take up my current position.

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

In my current role, I would say I am yet to experience my defining professional moment, despite being promoted twice. It is still early days!

However after finishing my degree at Middlesex, I went back to working for the Cricket Association of Thailand where I was promoted from being the National Team Manager to Development Manager and Tournament Director for Thailand Cricket. I still work with the association on a consultancy basis.

What does the future hold for you?

I think for anybody the future is unknown but thanks to the skills and knowledge I have gained from the jobs I have had to date and my education, I truly believe that there will always be consistent growth as long as I keep developing myself.

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

Diversify your skill set and make sure you read up on the company you would like to join well before you put in your application as you want to be able to answer any questions they may ask in an interview.

Lastly, always have a can do attitude, unless what is being asked is not possible, in which case make sure you express your concerns.

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