Studying in autumn 2020 during coronavirus

Tawhida Bibi Boolakee

Accountant, Self employed and author of 'Woman with Gifted Powers' at Macauley Austin Publishing.

Artist for music video 'Love and Love' by Tawhida Bookalee.

LLB Law, 2005

What made you choose Middlesex University?:

It’s location in London, a city that I like very much because of its multiculturalism and cuisine. I really enjoyed the Friday night visits to the West End. Also, Middlesex University was well known and had many campuses around London at the time I came to study there.

What course did you study and what attracted you to that course?:

I studied an L.L.B (Law) course in order to become a self-employed notary public and build my own company. I wanted to be well known and independent. Law was already in my family’s blood as my two uncles and my dad were, and still are, notary clerks with several years of establishment.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy the most?:

I became a great learner while studying law in England. And a good business person. The seminars were great as we did all the group work together. It helped us to become great leaders. Law is bookish. So we read a lot of books. We would usually be seen at the library. In my opinion this is how a law student should always be.

What is your fondest memory of Middlesex?:

My graduation ceremony. I managed to score brilliantly after hard work and incredible help from all the people at Middlesex, especially my lecturers. I also enjoyed the functions hosted by the university for current students, which really helped me become a good leader. The ambience, courses and the students strongly contributed to an overall positive memory of my time at Middlesex.

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

Work on a regular basis and you will be more efficient. Hard work always pays off in the end. Do all your weekly homework and engage in conversation during the seminars.

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

I have done my best at Middlesex and got my degree. However, my country doesn’t really take diplomas in consideration. Because of this, I had to put in play my transferable skills I’ve learned during university and appear as an international celebrity.

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

Hard work. My case is a bit different, maybe a unique one. I had to struggle a lot in life until I started to work with my husband 2 years ago. I am sure that the Alumni Association will contribute to my future reputation.

What has been your defining career break of highlight to date?:

Honestly, I did not have any. I was very successful with my studies but, my career as a notary was not as successful. That’s the reason why I decided to change my way. I am now helping my husband with his business however, I wish to become a business entrepreneur very soon.

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

Be punctual. Be positive and patient. And be a hard worker.

What skills have been most valuable in your career so far and how have you developed these?:

Being loyal and persistent. Determination and perseveration played the most important role in my career life.

Are there any tips you can give international students looking to move abroad to study?:

Middlesex is a good university in terms of connections. Alumni from all past campuses can help current students and fellow graduates progress in their career. The key to success is to always do your homework.

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