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Valierie Enewally

Valerie EnewallyBusiness Development Manager, Dukwe Inc.

MSc Applied Psychology

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University for its rich cultural background, ethnic diversity and renowned reputation for academic and intellectual excellence.

What attracted you to your course and made you apply?

I have always had a passion for psychology and an ardent desire to better understand human behaviour. Psychology provides me with an avenue through which I can serve humanity, give back to society and become better in my dealings with others.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I really enjoyed the role play involved in the counselling and psychotherapy modules. Health psychology was also very informative. The research and statistics modules were quite challenging but proved to be the most edifying in the long run. Above all, I enjoyed the individual psychometric self-evaluation tutored by Sylvia Shepherd. It was an eye-opener!

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

Among my fondest memories are Dr. Bahman Baluch, my academic adviser who provided me with help and support, and of course the friends I made during my time at Middlesex. Access to great facilities also made academic life easy.

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

Put in your best from the outset. Enjoy every bit of every fleeting moment and make the most of your time at Middlesex.

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

It moulded me immensely, further boosted my confidence and helped me carve a professional niche for myself through the in-depth knowledge of psychology I acquired and my general experiences on campus.

Why did you choose the career you studied for?

As a psychologist I am qualified to work in a wide variety of professional settings and make a remarkable difference to those I work with as not only am I able to expertly analyse myself but  my society and the people around me. My course in Applied Psychology was a complete package and has helped ensure I am well-equipped in my field.

What are the pros and cons of working within your professional field?

The benefits of being a psychologist cannot be over emphasised. Not only does it offer the opportunity to have an amazing career but it also provides the opportunity for personal development, which in turn can give you an edge over others.

The main disadvantages are that reaching the top of the profession can be very challenging and there is often an incredibly high, and at times unreasonable, level of expectation or judgement from people - both professionally and personally.

What do you intend to do next?

I would like to study for a P.HD and progress my career further.

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

Obtaining my master's degree. The extensive knowledge I gained has enabled me make a significant impact in any given situation.

What does the future hold for you?

Oh a lot! I hope to progress with my career as a successful Business Consultant - my days of greater glory still lie ahead! I would also like to lecture so I can pass on the knowledge I have acquired to future generations.

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

Keep your dreams alive, make the most of every good opportunity and be the best you can be.

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