Planning to study at Aston University or want to know more about student life in Birmingham?

Ask one of our International alumni about their time studying with us. They will be happy to share their thoughts on moving to Birmingham to study their course and answer any of your question from their own experiences.

Meet our Global Alumni Ambassadors 2021-2022

Lolwah Ghanim Alshaheen: MSc Accounting and Finance - Based in Kuwait

lolwahWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

MSc Accounting and Finance

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Teacher Assistant (TA) at Public Authority for Applied Education and Training Kuwait Business College-Accounting Department.

Why did you choose Aston University?

Great location and diverse community. A great city for a family because it has amazing daycares, malls, and restaurants.

What did you enjoy about your course?

The lecturers were really kind and helpful. They genuinely what us to succeed and understand the subject. Plus, the modules had a variety of teaching methods.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

The workshops at the beginning of the year were really helpful and a great way to make friends and know my classmates.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

The weather, restaurants, and close city centre. I have two kids and they loved the playgrounds that were in the area. I liked the festive events in December.

What is special about Aston University?

The kind lecturers and it being really close to the city centre. The library is amazing and they provide workshops that are helpful, and there’s a prayer room in the Student Union building.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

Taught accounting.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

The atmosphere and all the kind people I encountered.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

من اروع تجارب حياتي
Best experience of having a home away from home.

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Try to invest in yourself and don't limit yourself to what you know, try to learn new things in order to expand your career opportunities. Forget to mention Aston University has amazing career counselling centres that have great advice!

What are your career ambitions for the future?

To continue my PhD hopefully in Aston University.

Kevin Visconte: MSc in Strategic Marketing Management - Based in: France

kevinWhat you studied at Aston University?

MSc in Strategic Marketing Management

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Category Manager - Graduate Program

Why did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston for its excellent ranking and fantastic reputation. In addition, Aston offers many different courses with top lecturers from all over the world. Finally, Aston is located in Birmingham which is Britain’s second largest city in terms of inhabitants.

What did you enjoy about your course?

The Strategic Marketing Management MSc is very well structured and very practical. The lecturers are all professionals who have or are working with firms. Therefore, we had the opportunity to study real-life cases. I use almost every day what I learned at Aston.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

Unfortunately, I wasn’t part of any societies. Something which I now regret.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Birmingham provides an excellent student life experience. There are people and students from all around the world. I made a lot of friends in a very short time. Since it is a big city, there are part-time job opportunities available to students. There are also many stores for shopping and the train station is literally a 10 minutes' walk from the Aston campus. In short, the city is amazing!

What is special about Aston University?

Apart from its excellent ranking, Aston is a hub for international students. It also has a very strong Alumni community. Graduating from Aston really is a plus for someone’s career. The University has everything one might need to study in excellent conditions (huge library...).

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I started my Graduate Program at Groupement les Mousquetaires in France!

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

The people I met there and the lecturers.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Incredible (in French: incroyable)

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Build up a network and look for opportunities. Graduating from Aston, you will have many opportunities!

What do you enjoy about your current role?

The Graduate Program gives me the opportunity to explore different jobs and career opportunities in a very short time. Today I work as a Category Manager in the food industry. A few weeks ago, I was working as a Product Specialist in the automotive part of the company.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

As I am still learning and exploring the company I work for, I am not sure what my future will be as of now.

Akhilesh Nayak: MBA - Based in: United Kingdom

akhileshWhat you studied at Aston University?

Full-time MBA

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Business Analyst, Cognizant Ltd.

Why did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston University because of its ranking (the university as a whole as well as for business studies) and reputation. The location of the university was also one of the deciding factors for me. Last but not least, the practical way of education as mentioned on the university’s website enthralled me.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I enjoyed the real-time project assignments and the opportunity to study with a decent mixture of cohorts with varied experiences from different industries and multi-national cultures. And also, the support from faculty members outside of teaching hours is something I rejoice about in my course.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

Unfortunately, I could not be part of any of the clubs as my additional time were spent on attending numerous workshops related to the industry of my interest.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

The multi-cultural environment. Food. The transport services. A good combination of a fast yet relaxed atmosphere. The list is never-ending...

What is special about Aston University?

The supportive faculty members, state-of-the-art library, alumni mentorship program, location of the university, just a few to name.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I have joined a job working in digitalisation projects for one of the government sectors in the UK.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

The interactions with professors as well as brainstorming discussions with my cohorts are something that I will miss about my time in Aston.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Tough yet mesmerising experience through a learning journey.

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Before Graduation – Think wisely why you want to join a particular course and a specific university. How will it help in shaping your future goals. After Graduation – It’s fine if you have to join a job or do something for survival but don’t forget the initial plan and aim that you had before joining the course. Preserve and keep on working until you have achieved what you wanted and have new goals for yourself. Last but most important, don’t lose hope or give-up if it takes more than anticipated time to be where you want to. Remember the simple trick, whatever you do, wherever you are, as long as you are enjoying, it's worth it.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

I am able to help my clients in digitalising their outdated manual processes and ease the day-to-day life of the users of those applications by making the processes seamless.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

To be in a position where I could contribute towards business decisions for the growth of the organisation and industry I work.

Lillian Psylla: MSc Strategic Marketing Management - Based in: Greece

lillianWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

I studied MSc. in Strategic Marketing Management and I graduated in 2020.

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

I am a Senior Account Executive at Ogilvy.

Why did I choose Aston over other universities?

I chose Aston because of its great assets: best faculty, great accreditation, a diversified student body and a vivid student life with a variety of clubs and societies available. The clear choice for me was Aston University, because it combines all the above in the best way.

What advice would you give to current Aston students?

My advice to current Aston students is to harness Aston’s facilities. Besides studying to get you degree, you should engage in extracurricular activities – even beyond your field of study, just to enhance your knowledge, experience and mindset. Choose societies, clubs and organisations that activate your body, mind and spirit. Also, if you have an entrepreneurial spirit, get in touch with BSEEN and the Aston Careers Office – stay up-to-date for events and try to connect and network with people from all over the world. If you do all of the above, I believe you will see an instant positive change in yourself and your future will be bright for sure!

What is special about Aston University?

The overall vibe. The campus, the faculty, staff and the students. Just being there, makes you feel special, because Aston itself is special – as a whole.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Everything was within a walking distance! Also, the architecture of the city centre, the coffee shops, the canals, the restaurants, and the nightlife... You get to meet so many different places and people -t his is complete magic!

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

The feeling that you can accomplish anything you think of. I miss the friends I made, the funny moments with my colleagues and professors! I really miss the experienceI had – as a whole. When I think of Aston, all the good memories are flashing before my eyes!

Why did you become Global Alumni Ambassador?

I became a Global Alumni Ambassador because I want to share my experience and advice with anyone who needs it and also because of my love for Aston. It was by far the greatest experience of my life and I really want other people to have the same experience I had.

Would you encourage prospective students to take part and become a Global Alumni Ambassador for Aston University?

I would definitely encourage prospective students to become Global Alumni Ambassadors, especially the ones who love Aston as much as I do.

Rabeea Wajeeha: MBA - Based in: Canada

What did you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

MBA

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Chief Operating Officer Teccelerator Ltd

Why did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston University because I wanted the opportunity to connect with a global community of professionals. I wanted a university with a curriculum that is a combination of research and practical knowledge. Aston University has well known industry connections and a professional network of alumni all over the world.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I really enjoyed the practical side of the experience, where we got to work on real-life problems that we were solving for local businesses. I enjoyed the opportunity to network with local business owners and solve problems.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I was a student representative for MBA students.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

I really enjoyed that there are people from all over the world. It gave me the opportunity to see the UK and learn about different cultures.

What is special about Aston University?

Aston University is special because of its support to the students who are entrepreneurial. The staff at Aston University is very supportive in providing guidance and sharing their network.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I started Teccelerated, Ltd, which is an online education platform on a mission to reduce the tech talent gap in the UK and abroad. We focus on giving in knowledge and mentorship to people who are looking to transition into a tech career.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

I really miss all the friends that I made during my journey.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Amazing!

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Spend time networking with your colleagues and making friends. Travel across Europe and enjoy all the delicious food.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

I enjoy the flexibility and the ability to impact so many lives.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

I want to continue to grow Teccelerator, Ltd into a global leader in tech education.

Chrisomaga Ekeocha: MSc Strategic Marketing Management - Based in: Nigeria

chisWhy did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston University because of the diversity, not just with the students but with their staff both academic and non-academic. Aston takes good care of its students, showing them a great deal of care and consideration. Additionally, Aston offers a variety of courses that are tailored to meet the career needs of different types of students. As an international student it was essential for me to choose a school that will make me feel at home and Aston did that for me.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I enjoyed the fact that Aston offered a placement year with my course. This allowed me to prepare and get experience within a corporate environment in anticipation of when I graduate. This also allowed me to increase my professional network which will propel my career in the future.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I was involved in Aston Peer Mentorship which gave me an opportunity to advise and guide new undergraduates and aid in advising them on how to best enjoy Aston.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

One thing about Birmingham is that it is a city that never sleeps. The people are so accommodating and friendly that it is hard not to feel at home. There are beautiful tourist attractions i.e., canals, the peaky blinders bar. There are also many opportunities for shopping and the people live and breathe fashion. It is a beautiful city which I would recommend.

What is special about Aston University?

One of the Special features of Aston University is that they offer a placement program which is very beneficial to your career. Additionally, they take care of their students even after they have graduated as they care about the physical, mental, and emotional state of their students.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I went to do a master's program in Marketing at Aston before furthering my studies in accounting by getting my ACCA qualifications which I am currently doing.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

The atmosphere of studying with brilliant and like-minded people. The Campus which was a hub for education and entertainment.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Wonderful. Not one word but three actually: A Wonderful Experience

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

I would advise students to make the most of Aston’s vast network both as a student and as an alumna.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

I am enjoying learning about the different areas of accounting in more depth.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

I plan on becoming an entrepreneur with a multi-billion-dollar firm in natural skincare products or opening a finishing school - this will equip women with the confidence needed to excel in their prospective careers and lifestyle.

Pradeep Thirukumaran: Aston Online MBA - Based in: Canada

pardeepWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

MBA

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Senior Project Manager at Talkdesk

Can you talk a little bit about yourself and your background?

A Senior Information Technology (IT) Manager with over 28 years of experience working for a Chemical company in Toronto, Canada. I migrated to Canada in 1996 from Sri Lanka under the skilled worker category and lived here ever since. I had a basic education and could not complete my higher education due to the civil war. I continued my education in IT, management, and leadership in Canada. I am a strong believer in coaching and mentoring the younger generation and also helping seniors and people in need around the world.

What prompted you to pursue an online program with Aston University? Specifically, why was online appealing to you?

I always wanted to do my MBA, but work and personal life commitments took over, and I could not dedicate the time. I applied for many universities worldwide, but none was willing to accept me since I did not have a Bachelor’s degree. I wrote to Aston with a detailed work experience portfolio and requested them to accept me. Aston honoured my request and valued my vast experience and my professional certifications, such as PMI (Project Management Institute), Harvard University, and from all the IT professional certifications I have attained. Since I am a full-time worker, the Online program was the only suitable option for me.

What has the experience been like? Was it what you thought it would be like, and has it met your expectations?

The experience with Aston and the MBA program is great, and I am in my sixth module. The program is well structured; the professors are knowledgeable in their domain and super friendly; the administration and student cohort are brilliant. I was skeptical initially, and the expectations were low; however, I was proven wrong that and online MBA is possible with the right institution like Aston and if you are willing to dedicate your time and effort to succeed.

If you were giving someone who was considering an online course advice, what would it be?

I would say go for it! However, remember you have to choose a university like Aston who will hold your hand and guide you to the water, but you have to drink! - Meaning that you have to dedicate time and discipline yourself to stay on top of the course to succeed.

Would you recommend the Aston program, and if so, what aspects of the course do you find appealing?

I would recommend Aston in a heartbeat! since I like every aspect of the course, the course structure, professors, cohort, practical aspect of the teachings that can be applied to our professional lives, and the overall administration and management of Aston.

Is there anything you’d like to add or anything you’d like to talk about that we did not touch on?

I will always be grateful to Aston for allowing me to fulfil my dream to attain an MBA, as this was just a dream for me for many years, but now it is reality. I want to thank Aston University for accepting me into the program, and I am confident I will finish strong.

Pranav Kuchimanchi: MSc Work Psychology & Business - Based in: India

pranavWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

MSc Work Psychology & Business, Class of 2020

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Currently working as a Consultant in Hyderabad IN

Why did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston University because of the reputation it holds in Britain and globally. I was drawn by the approach taken by the university towards accepting me. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art facilities, experienced faculty, diversity amongst students, and a few other factors impacted my decision.

What did you enjoy about your course?

What I thoroughly loved and enjoyed about the course was the thoroughness and scope of the modules. It was perfectly aligning with my career aims, both short-term and long-term. I genuinely enjoyed my time at Aston, albeit for a brief period.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

Besides studies, I was part of the Aston University Pool & Snooker Club. I love snooker. We used to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays for practice. It was a great time. I met new people, made friends, everyone at the club were friendly and we attended a lot of tournaments during my time. Also, I’m a huge fan of Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan. I miss AUPSC.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

The one thing that springs to my mind is the Bullring. Also, my first taste of the Premier League match day experience at Villa Park. That was a surreal experience. I'd like to thank Matt Boner at Aston University based in the international marketing team for giving me the ticket to attend the game. I’m a huge fan of the Premier League and to have watched the game at Villa Park, amongst 42,000 supporters was simply stunning.

What is special about Aston University?

What’s special about Aston University is the friendly and welcoming nature towards students. The students are exposed to a diverse range of skills and activities to boost their personalities. Also, the hospitality, ease of access to faculty, support staff, career guidance, diligence and professionalism of the people working to make the University a better place for everyone.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

Upon graduating, I returned home, where I’m currently working as a Consultant. I will soon start in anew role as a Counsellor for a consultancy that helps students who wish to pursue creative fields.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

The Students’ Union, for sure! I think the SU is one of the best things about the university and I’m going to miss all the fun times. I had some great memories and I feel happy when I look back on those memories.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word.

Overwhelming!

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

My advice to the students is to “Make a plan for whatever you’re going to do in the future. When you’re going to execute the plan, it will make sure you’re ahead of the curve - and I mean it”.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

What I enjoy about my current role is that I get to work on challenging projects. It allows me to meet new people, listen to the challenges they’re facing in their work and coming up with plans to give them that peace of mind.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

My goal is to become a life coach and I’m taking all the necessary steps towards becoming a successful one. I’m only just getting started and I’m excited for the future.

Hung Xuan Do: MSc Human Resource Management - Based in: Vietnam

hungWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

I studied MSc Human Resource Management and graduated in 2020

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

I am an English Teacher, majoring in IELTS training, at Ames English Centre in Vietnam.

Why did you choose Aston University?

I had been searching via the Internet before I enrolled in any courses, and I found out that Aston has a good ranking, along with sufficient facilities and interesting modules that came up to my expectation of a dream university. So, I chose to talk to the University's representatives when I first came to a studying-abroad fair in my home country.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I am confident to say that I totally immersed myself in studying time at Aston University, as I think the ultimate goal was to achieve a satisfactory degree for further plans. I was absolutely interested in the varied teaching methods provided by the business school's lecturers. They helped me a lot with my essay, answering every single question and advising me on how to improve my performance regarding postgraduate studies. I was also keen on various workshops and seminar classes through which I could my thoughts in the way I wanted and discuss them with my friends on an international scale.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I spent a lot of time studying in the library where I met some friends. I just felt a sense of belonging. I also experienced the gym three or four times per week, which was one of the best services.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Life was quite busy and people were friendly. I got a lot of help from some local students when I came to Birmingham. I had thought that life would not be so easy, but it turned out to be comfortable with a wide variety of recreational sites and diverse kinds of food. I enjoyed shopping in Bullring.

What is special about Aston University?

I do believe that Aston is outstanding compared to other universities. Needless to say, even during the pandemic, when most of the normal life has been changed beyond imagination. I still got online lectures and assistance from many professors in order to finalise my dissertation with a good mark. We had to keep in contact between Vietnam and the UK for such a long time, until I could submit my final version of dissertation papers. A big thank you is not enough to express my gratitude towards those helpful people.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I studied some short courses online as at that time Vietnam was witnessing the second wave of virus spreading. Afterwards, I successfully applied to a Vietnamese enterprise, working as an Administrator and Translator for the Design Management Department. However, I changed my mind and decided to come back to my hometown and work as an English teacher.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

I like the active learning style at Aston which gave me much time for critical thinking and encouraged me to co-work with other classmates on a daily basis. I wish I could have had much more time attending face-to-face lectures.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Unforgettable (In Vietnamese: "Đáng nhớ")

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

If you are an international student like me, you should live your life to the fullest with your friends, maybe those from uni clubs or your classmates, or anyone you talked to outside the school. This is because you just have a limited period of time spent in such a modern and ever-growing nation. As soon as you graduate, you have to shift your attention towards job applications and making your living.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

I had the chance to work with many students from different backgrounds, listen to them and teach them how to use English. I wish they would study overseas once like me, because I know the lessons I learned from the UK life, including life and academic ones, are so valuable and worth mentioning. Moreover, my current role, at least, has given me more training so that I could use English more frequently.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

I have a passion for working in the academic environment, so becoming a good teacher or an IELTS trainer would be my dream. In addition, I am really into drinks and perfumes, so some businesses opportunities relating to these areas are my considerations now, but they would be carried out only when the pandemic fully stops for sure.

Vaishnavi Kuchimanchi: MSc Business Economics and Finance

vishWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

MSc Business Economics and Finance

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Chief In charge of Finance and Administration at Prathista Industries Limited

Why did you choose Aston?

Aston Business School is triple accredited and is located in the heart of the city. Aston University is well recognised and the campus is scattered with beautiful buildings.

What did you enjoy about my course?

The teaching faculty was very understanding, jovial and an interesting learning experience on campus, my peers with a lot of diversity and very helping in nature and various other societal activities.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I was part of Enactus Aston and TEDx Aston societies. I participated in University Business Challenges. Received a Scholarship Certificate from Aston University.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

The university is very close to the city centre and the shopping centre which was easier to commute by walking and enjoy the various markets kept during the Christmas season.

What is special about Aston University?

The location of the university, the three-storey library, Students’ Union building and the accommodation on campus. Top of it all, the faculty is very helpful.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

Due to pandemic lockdown I could not get to work immediately so started working after 3 months and developing my family business (Prathista Industries Limited).

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

The lively experience, networking and talking to diverse people.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Awesome!! Home Language
(HINDI) -बहुतबढ़िया(bahut badiya)
(TELUGU) -అద్భుతం(ADBHUTAM)

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Before graduation, enjoy University life to the fullest and build a network. After Graduation, keep in touch with the alumni community and professors.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

A lot of learning experience and interacting with different people.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

To increase the sales and revenue of my family business.

Naman Navin Sadh: MSc International Business - Based in: India

namanWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

MSc International Business Graduation Year: 2021

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

General Manager at Raj Textiles, Surat (India)

Why did I choose Aston over other universities?

One of the major reasons for me to choose Aston over other universities was the city of Birmingham. I figured Birmingham would offer me tremendous and varying opportunities within or even outside my field, which is exactly what happened during my time at Aston. I was not very keen towards living in London and Birmingham offered me the best of both worlds. In addition, the Aston Business School was highly reputed and the course modules clearly met my goals.

What advice would you give to current Aston students?

One of the most important pieces of advice I would give to the current Aston students would be to take maximum advantage of the Careers Centre and new opportunities offered continuously by the university.

What is special about Aston University?

At Aston, I was always doing something. I was always involved, there were activities happening everywhere. Being a Masters student, I was still involved with the graduate students.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Birmingham is well-connected to the entire UK and is situated in the centre which really proved beneficial when I was travelling across the country. Moreover, I love speaking to start-up companies and Birmingham had a variety of them coming up.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

I miss the Aston campus the most. It offered a place for every need.

Why did you become Global Alumni Ambassador?

I absolutely loved studying at Aston and wanted to stay in touch with the university and my fellow students. I thought this way, I could help the fresh students by answering their questions before and after they arrive at Aston. It would also give me a chance to stay updated on the current happenings in the university.

Yiming Chen: MSc Business and Management - Based in: China

yimWhat you studied at Aston University and the year of your graduation?

MSc Business and Management

What is your job title and where do you currently work?

Operation professional; currently work at Xuancheng LuxsharePrecision Industry Co., Ltd

Why did you choose Aston University?

Location; World ranking of business schools; Course setting and PDP program (now known as the Aston Global Advantage module)

What did you enjoy about your course?

There are lots of practical cases which fully help me to understand the knowledge learned in class.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I also joined the TEDx Aston and badminton team.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

There are several universities and large shopping malls. It's convenient to go anywhere, and easier to find an internship.

What is special about Aston University?

Completely in line with the work.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I joined my current company

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

Teachers, friends, and the state of constantly and rapidly absorbing knowledge.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Enrich 充实

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Make a reasonable assessment of your ability and market demand, find your strengths and weaknesses, and adapt to the most suitable position.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

It's interesting to reduce costs and create benefits for the company by optimising the process.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

Reach the position of Operation Director and be fully responsible for the company's market operation and management.

Meet Our Global Alumni Ambassadors 2020-2021

Speaks: English and Urdu

Role: Strategic Acquisition and Investment Analyst at MCB Bank Ltd

"I want to make students from my home country and other international students aware of Aston Business School."

Muhammad is a finance graduate from Aston Business School and completed an exchange program at Rotterdam School of Management, Netherlands. He has experience working in the finance industry having worked at KPMG in Pakistan and in his current role as a Strategic Acquisition and Investment Analyst at MCB Bank Ltd.

Why did you choose Aston University? 

I chose Aston University due to its Global Reputation and a diversified learning environment.

What did you enjoy about your course?

It covers all the aspects of finance and the corporate world as my course was very diversified, for instance, I got a great knowledge and insight of business, economics and finance. And all the mentors were great.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador?

I experienced a lack of awareness among students based in my country about Aston University and the amazing opportunities Aston provides. I want to play my role to make them and other International students aware of Aston Business School and University as a whole.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I was a Student Representative of my course, and it was a great experience for me as I got involved with university management to resolve student issues.

Two things you love about Birmingham?

The beautiful city centre and variety of cultural foods.

My best memory of Aston?

I’ve been a Course Representative of MSc Business Economics and Finance and this is one of the best experiences and memories I have here so far. This was an amazing opportunity to raise student concerns with the management team and then solving those concerns with the help of management. This has also enhanced my leadership and communication skills.

Would you encourage students to do placement and if so why?

Doing placements is a great opportunity for students to enter the job market and make professional and networks. I believe placement experience plays a vital role in professional development of students and its more useful than class experience, as students have an opportunity to proof their existing skills and learn new skills.

What is special about Aston University?

Its diversified culture, friendly learning environment and student support.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

Weekly productive meetings with my mentors, and the lecture theatre/rooms.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Phenomenal /  کمال

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Just always have faith in yourself, don't get discouraged by hard times, with every hardship comes ease!

To contact Muhammad please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Graduated: English and Spanish

Role: Associate UYX Designer at The Economist

"I think Birmingham is a great city to study and work in, and is a great 'landing pad' for anyone coming from an international background"

Alana is an entrepreneurship graduate from Aston Business School with a further Postgraduate degree from Harvard University. She has a wealth of experience working in both the USA and the UK. Alana is also the co-founder of Rebel One whose focus is ‘accelerating founders, innovating for a better world’.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador?

My time at Aston has been absolutely amazing and I would love to champion the university in the USA, where I am from. I've gained so much life experience being here, have met incredible people, and believe other people would benefit from coming to a university like Aston. In addition, I think Birmingham is a great city to study and work in, and is a great landing pad for anyone coming from an international background. Being at Aston has truly exceeded my expectations, I've met people that I know I will be close to for the rest of my life and I'd love to share my story with anyone considering getting a degree in the UK.

My best memory of Aston? 

My favourite memory at Aston has been being a part of TEDx Aston University. The Director of TEDx took a chance with me and we've honestly done some truly amazing work together. My background is in design, and I believe that working at TEDx has allowed me to gain even more skills in this, become a better designer and all around better professional. On top of that, I've met some amazing friends through this society and have had so much fun working on this! TEDx has truly enhanced my experience here and I would encourage anyone who comes to Aston to join TEDx

To contact Alana please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Speaks: English

"All of the top employers are from Aston and therefore makes Aston very distinctive"

Gaurav is an International Business graduate from Aston University. He has experience working in the retail industry. Currently, he is working at PwC as a Business Associate, while pursuing his second postgraduate degree at EDHEC Business School in the area of finance.

Why did you choose Aston University?

I decided to pick Aston University because of its fantastic reputation. I did attend Aston during my bachelors and I already knew that the standard of education was high but additionally, I had the opportunity to attend an open day and after discussions with the tutors I knew Aston was the place I wanted to be.

What did you enjoy about your course?

The International Business MSc was very well structured and very practical. It wasn’t just based on textbooks, it was very interactive and allowed us to challenge the way we think and the way we look forward.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I was able to give a speech through the TEDx Aston university society and I also was the chair of the MSc student staff committee in which we focused on bringing students voices closer to the staff members.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

The city is amazing! There is always something to do and the people are friendly! My favourite places are ghetto golf and Gusto’s!

Would you encourage students to do placement and if so why?

I would, for sure, encourage placements as much as I can! They are vital for your development and gives you a great chance to further develop your soft skills and you meet some amazing Individuals!

What is special about Aston University?

Aston has very strong Alumni connections and is very sociable! All the top employers come to Aston and therefore makes Aston very distinctive.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I started my graduate job at PwC!

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

Whilst I do not miss the exams! I can say, for sure, I miss the people and my teachers!

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word?

Exceptional!

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Be open to different opportunities and network well. You never know what’s around the corner so put yourself out there and get out your comfort zone! You will be amazed on how much opportunity there is out there!

What do you enjoy about your current role?

I enjoy the tasks we have been given which we are very involved! The people are by far the best! I am fortunate to be working with exceptionally talented individuals and finally I enjoy learning and discovering more about PwC!

What are your career ambitions for the future?

I am not too sure what my future looks like right now as I am still learning and developing, and they are my key goals

"I hope I can learn more about the history, culture and future vision of Aston University"

Depeng is an MBA graduate from Aston Business School. He has over 12 years of sales and engineering experience in China and is very familiar with China’s industrial environment and multi-cultural corporate environment. As part of his MBA, Depeng completed a project as a Management Consultant with Adelan Limited, Birmingham.

Why I wanted to be a Global Ambassador?

Through this exchange with the Alumni network, I hope I can learn more about the history, culture and future vision of Aston University. I want to feel the Alumni culture of Aston University and be willing to contribute as much as I can to Aston University. I will be willing to work hard for Aston University's market in China and in this new exchange and experience I would like to find new business ideas and improve myself.

My best memory of Aston?

The professional curriculum content directly facing the workplace skills, many back-to-school lectures from real-world corporate executives, entrepreneurial skills training and coaching, etc., this practical and effective teaching atmosphere is very attractive to me.

To contact Depeng please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

khadijeh-rahmani"I also like that I am having the opportunity to interact in a diverse environment which would lead to more self-development while studying"

Khadijeh is a full-time MBA graduate from Aston Business School. She graduated ‘Magna cum Laude’ in Business Management and Marketing (minor) from Abu Dhabi University and completed her Master of Science (MSc) in International Business from the University of Birmingham. Khadijeh has over 7 years of working experience in the UAE with a keen interest in International Trade and Business Development.

Why did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston because I wanted to study a one-year MBA program which would arm me with different skills set and the practical experiences to really be able to make a difference by the time I complete the program. I wanted to learn how to be a better leader in today’s multinational work environments and Aston University ticked all my criteria. Additionally, I knew that Aston University will be a place where I would meet high performers and people from all over the world in a short time.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I really enjoyed my MBA program; especially that it engaged students in experiential learning opportunities by analysing real business case studies, challenges, or visiting different companies which all enabled me to learn and advance my leadership capabilities, as well as, quantitative skills which are crucial for any MBA graduate. I also enjoyed that I made new friends who are global in mindset, have different skill sets and we may continue collaborating in future on different platforms together.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador?

Becoming a Global Alumni Ambassador would be a deeply rewarding opportunity you don’t want to miss out and this not only allowed me to share my passion and enthusiasm for Aston University with prospective students, but it will also provided a platform for both personal and career development. I was fortunate to live in the multicultural country of the United Arab Emirates for many years, experienced studying and living in the UK, and living in Iran as well, which all have enabled me to develop strong skills such as effective communication and be a team player. I believe these two skills are essential for the role of Global Alumni Ambassador as you need to be able to influence many and make an impact.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I participated in several curricular and extra-curricular opportunities which were available throughout my MBA program. These activities included local and international case competition such as Aston Case Competition 2020, Creative Shock Challenge, Aston Enterprise Competition, or Change 7hr Challenge. I was also selected by voting as my cohort representative. Curricular activities included Apollo Program, Asset Finance International Conference in London, a Finance Tour in London, different workshop on Entrepreneurship or networking.

My best memory of Aston?

As a full-time MBA student, I was looking for a practical-oriented program that is well structured and delivered at Aston Business School. The University offers great learning facilities and services such as Learning Development Centre which is available to students at all levels. The university library provides good and unlimited number of research resources which makes it easy for students to find reliable sources of information. Personally, I also like that I am having the opportunity to interact in a diverse environment which would lead to more self-development while studying at Aston University.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

I like its atmosphere of being diverse, where you can easily expand your personal and professional networks, there are lots of different attractions from arts, stunning nature, and canals which you can enjoy peaceful walks and learn more. 

What is special about Aston University?

I always say if you as a student take one step for your progression, Aston University will take two steps to help you develop. So, the university’s supports system is just amazing. 

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I was successfully got my start-up business idea approved by BSEEN scheme at Aston University, which enabled me to set up my company in Birmingham. 

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

Because I love the education environment, I think I mostly miss attending classes and all the academic presentations.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Precious

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

I would advise potential MBA students to define their post-MBA career goal as soon as they can and make the most of the MBA card by developing and/or learning new skills which will help them to achieve their goal(s). Take every challenge as an opportunity and not a threat, in this way you will step out of your comfort zone which is very essential for self-awareness and self-development. For example, by participating in case competitions, joining or forming clubs, or attending events. Finally, learn while enjoying and having fun throughout your MBA journey.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

I enjoy everything about my current role and startup. I have a long way in front but really enjoying the complexity of it as it makes me be out of my comfort zone and utilise all my skills, learning, and time.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

My main career ambitions for the future are to gradually expand my business within the UK and globally in a 5-year timeline. I also aim to become a role model for young entrepreneurs by developing my personal branding. 

To contact Khadijeh please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Speaks: English and Hindi
Role: Director and Co-Founder at AIO App

"Aston MBA is a good return of investment ... I was working on my business idea, which I continued after my graduation"

Ravi is an MBA graduate from Aston University. He has experience working in the IT industry and has worked as a Software Developer/Project Lead at App Inventive and as a Business Strategy Consultant at the Arriva Group, whilst pursuing his postgraduate degree here at Aston. Currently he is the Co-Founder and Director of AIO App.

Why did you choose Aston University?

Apart from business accreditation and its global ranking. Industry connections and entrepreneurship was one of the important criteria for me while selecting a business school and Aston Business School demonstrated a competitive edge over others. The other major three reasons were:

1. Alumni Mentoring programme - A great opportunity to build my global business network with global leaders and mentorship from them was most valuable.

2. Start-up Support - Aston university provide a platform for all entrepreneurs to get incubated on campus and launch our business idea by the help of BSEEN program.

3. Personality Development Program - Aston university also provides a unique, Aston Edge Program, which helped me to shape my professional personality for a future business management role.

What did you enjoy about your course?

The main thing which I enjoyed during my MBA journey was working with the diverse cohort in different teams, as this helped me to understand the different working style and cultures. Also, the various industrial visits during each module of the program, which helped me to link the theoretical aspects into the real business world.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I tried my best to gain most out of my MBA journey by involving myself in various business case challenges like Tapper Business School case challenge, Creative Shock case challenge, which helped me to work on real business challenges. Furthermore, I was awarded with 3-week summer exchange program with Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna. Also played a key role in Aston TEDx society and Aston Enactus society.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Birmingham is known for a multicultural city, providing loads of opportunities to experience new cultures. The Christmas celebrations here in Birmingham at the German market were amazing. The people are friendly and hospitable. Birmingham has everything you need such as nice big shopping centre, restaurants, pubs to live therefore enjoy as an international student.

What did you do immediately after you graduated?

During my academic studies, I was working on my business idea, which I continued after my graduation for which I was successfully endorsed by Aston University, as an innovative, viable and scalable business idea to implement in the UK.

What is your current job (position and organisation)?

Currently, I am the Co-founder of my start-up AIO APP Limited, which is being incubated by BSEEN.

What do you enjoy about it?

Three things which I enjoy a lot while working on my start-up:

1. Freedom of work
2. Being creative and innovative
3. Following my passion


However, working on own business is like a rollercoaster ride, compromises of ups and downs.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

My ambition is to be a business leader by being a successful entrepreneur and contributing to society through my work.

What is special about Aston University?

Personally, the Aston MBA is a good return of investment. The complete module is designed in a very structured way looking into future leaders. Additionally, the diverse cohort with different backgrounds and working experience provide an invaluable exposure. Further, all the staff and faculty are very helpful. All of the students have the option to book one to one appointment with any faculty to resolve any queries. Apart from it, there are various case studies and simulation challenges that help to get more depth out of each module. Aston provides a more practical approach which anyone can implement in the real business world.

What advice would you give to current Aston students?

My advice for current Aston students would be to keep hustling by participating in various activities provided by Aston University including business case challenges, business competition and other non-academic activities. Also avoid saying "NO” for any new opportunity which you think you are not suitable or capable at this stage. “Perfection is the enemy of good”, so don’t wait to be perfect, go for it and you will be perfect in the journey of work. If you take one step, Aston will support to take another step to achieve your career goal.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

I miss the interactive session and teamwork activities which I had during my MBA journey, as well as the multiple industry visits.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in one word (both in English and your home language!)

Incredible

Speaks: English and Hindi
Role: Business Analyst at Domino Printing

"The Student Union building where I made friends for life and the library provided me with all the unique learning opportunities here at Aston to further grow myself to become who I am today"

Dipti is a MSc Information Systems and Business Analysis graduate from Aston University. She completed undergraduate degree at JIET Group of Institutions Jodhpur. Currently, she is a Business Analyst at Domino Printing.

Why did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston because of its appealing business school ranking, cultural diversity, and location in the heart of the city.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I certainly enjoyed the range of modules covering all the important aspects, and with the fact that there are many sources of knowledge, the complete analysis of the concepts is very effective. It's impossible to choose the best, but I liked the practical game simulations, which involved problem-solving strategies.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

As a proactive student, I was interested in numerous clubs and societies, such as Enactus Aston, the School Alumni Committee,and Aston Hindu society.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Having said that, the Canalside, where I can soak up the sun and relax, the brilliant bullring, and the Library are just a few of the jewels in Birmingham from my favorite list. Also, the value of this city's offerings, along with affordable living costs, is enticing.

Would you encourage students to do placement and if so why?

Absolutely yes! I secured my placement with the (ASG) Advanced Service Group during my studies at Aston.The experience provided me with realistic job experience as well as an ability to network and develop more connections.

What is special about Aston University?

The Students' Union building where I made friends for life and the library provides all the unique learning opportunities here at Aston to further grow myself to become who I am today.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I always wanted to be part of Aston after my graduation, so I joined the Global Alumni Scheme, where I can help prospective students and guide them in the right direction through my experiences. #TeamAston.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

I would mostly miss the life of the campus and the accommodation of the students. Also, the lecture rooms in which my learning has evolved.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language)?

If I had to choose one word for Aston then I would say “Flying High...ऊं चीउड़ान (Unchi udaan)”

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

As a graduate, I would like to say, whether your next step after graduating would be directly jumping into an organisation and working your way up or getting experience as an intern or might be extending your studies. I want you all to make decisions that work best for you and your future. Never ever lose hope.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

In my job, I love the degree of control and independence. My manager always listens and appreciates my feedback for new ideas.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

I am excited to see myself contributing to the industry by becoming an entrepreneur in the next few years, and I also want to travel across the world and learn about other cultures.

Speaks: English
Role: Studying 2nd Masters at Cologne Business School

"I want to engage with students interested in studying at ABS (Aston Business School) and I want them to experience the opportunities available..."

Ann is an entrepreneurship graduate from Aston Business School. She is currently pursuing an additional Postgraduate degree in International Business from Cologne Business School, Germany.

Why did I choose Aston over other universities?

Aston University offers students with various courses from Business to medicine. I have a strong passion for entrepreneurship. Completing my bachelors in Entrepreneurship, I wanted to further expand my knowledge in this field. Aston University had the course in Entrepreneurship which helped me further expand my knowledge.

What did you enjoy about your course?

Pursing MSc in Entrepreneurship was the best decision for me. Gaining knowledge from lectures to creating projects in teams, this has helped me to have a full understanding of the term of creating a company with immense practical knowledge.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador?

Being a Global Alumni Ambassador will help me to guide the upcoming future students. I want to engage with students who are interested in studying at ABS and I want them to experience the opportunities available at Aston. For me, it’s about narrating my experience in Aston, the opportunities that I have received from the faculties, to help students regarding their courses and to ensure that they are satisfied with what they receive. Students may find it stressful during the initial starting process and I can provide them support and advice.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

Apart from education, I was also part of the 'Woman in Business' community. The activities and events were very informative and insightful. I would highly recommend you to join.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a very lively city filled with shops and restaurants (Bull ring). The city is lively due to the number of visitors and keeping themselves busy with the shopping. The Christmas market was a very unforgettable experience for me due to the traditional Christmas gifts, foods and drinks.

My best memory of Aston?

My best memory in Aston is my circle of friends. A good group of friends can make your life joyful. Initially, I had the fear of not getting friends as it was my first time in a foreign environment, but this has changed completely. The memories you make with them are treasured.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word?

Unforgettable.

What did you do after you graduated?

After Graduation (2019), I wanted to study a second masters. I am currently studying MA in International Business. The purpose of selecting International Business is to understand the different fields of business. The different courses have helped me gain different knowledge and perspective.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

I miss the experience of studying at Aston. The educational environment makes one to learn more. Aston has a high number of diverse students. With different nationalities, it is amazing to make new friends and explore about new cultures.

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

My advice for graduates is to be positive and be ready for any change that comes your way.

To contact Ann please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk                                                                                                                                   

Speaks: English, Hausa and Turkish

"I came to Aston with high expectations in mind and to my biggest surprise, the experience exceeded those expectations"
 

Abubakar is a Software Engineering graduate from Aston University. He has experience working in the IT industry having worked as a Data Analyst at Jenzabar, Kenya and as an IT Assistant at the United States International University, Kenya whilst pursuing his Undergraduate degree.

Why did I choose Aston over other universities?

Aston University is one of the top universities in computer science. It promotes more hands-on practical experience that will come in use whilst working for other businesses or starting your own enterprise. Almost all Aston University graduates get a job within 6 months after graduating due to the knowledge they learn, and I am one of them. The University is in a strategic location giving you access to the city and reducing the commute.

Why did you become Global Alumni Ambassador?

I didn’t want to keep the amazing experience I had to myself. I wanted to share it with a wider audience, so they don’t miss out. A long time ago when I was deciding on which university, I should peruse my Masters, one thing I was looking for is an Alumnus or a current student to tell me what it is like studying at the university; the course, lecturers, environment, and the people.

I had a positive recommendation from a friend who graduated from Aston University, which is what led me to choose Aston for my MSc. I came to Aston with high expectations in mind and to my biggest surprise, the experience exceeded those expectations. Many prospective students need someone who has experienced what it is like to study at Aston as a form of assurance and I would like to pass down this opportunity to new incoming student.

How has this role impacted you in terms of the experience you’ve gained?

I have improved in both my networking and public speaking skills. This role gave me the opportunity to speak at open days, one-on-one and conferences. The latest being a workshop organised by Aston University in Lagos, Nigeria. I spoke to an audience (mostly International University agents) that are 98% older than me with confidence and clarity. Several of the participants were surprised and had to tell me how good my presentation was, and I am proud to be a Global Alumni Ambassador.

My best memory of Aston?

Being a techy individual, I have always looked forward to a time where I wouldn't write an exam in a tech/computer science course. My best memory comes from my first day of class. After the instructor introduced herself, she moved on to introduce the course. Following keenly as it was my first MSc class, the next thing I heard her saying is that there wouldn’t be any form of exams for the module. I was shocked, surprise and excited at the same time. No exams mean more hands on. The skills are what is important in the IT industry and that is what Aston is trying to make its’ students focus on. Although there are more amazing memories I had as an Aston student, this stands out as it was something I tried recommending and to convince the Management in my previous institution to implement at least to some courses, which never got implemented. So, for me, it’s a dream come true.

Would you encourage prospective students to take part and become a Global Alumni Ambassador for Aston University?

You don’t just give back to the university, you also gain in the process. It is a great platform to meet new people, market yourself, share ideas and improve on so many skills that you don’t practice in your day-to-day activities. I got a business partner and a job offer while serving as an ambassador. Yours could be something bigger.

To contact Abubakar please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Speaks: English and Hindi
Role: Digital Marketing Coordinator at Mooply

"Aston celebrates the diversity and welcomes students from all around the world. Teaching staff are highly professional and supportive. Personally, I would like to thank my program director for always being my mentor throughout my journey here at Aston"

Shreya is an MSc Business and Management graduate from Aston University. She has experience working in higher education and has worked as a Marketing Strategy and Communications Intern here at Aston and as a Content Writer at the Chocolate box photography, whilst pursuing her postgraduate degree. Currently, she is a Digital Marketing Coordinator at Mooply.

Why did you choose Aston University?

The choice to study at Aston University was due to its high rankings in the UK and the world. Aston Business School has a world class reputation.

What did you enjoy about your course?

Every single thing I enjoyed on my course. From attending early morning lectures to preparing for group presentation. I had a wonderful practical learning experience here at Aston University.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

Since my term one, I became an active member of Enactus Aston University. We organised many events for our project 'Chance to change'. I was also part of Krishna Consciousness Society, where I got to meet many likely minded people, devoted in spirituality and Lord Krishna.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Birmingham provides the best student life experiences. You will meet with students from all around the world and make a lot of friends even during your first week of studies. There are many amazing opportunities available for students,as well as, work opportunities such as part-time and full-time job roles.

What is special about Aston University?

Aston University is a hub for international students. It celebrates the diversity and welcomes students from all around the world. Teaching staff are highly professional and supportive. Personally, I would like to thank my program director for always being my mentor throughout the journey.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

I'm currently interning with the two companies in the UK.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

I miss attending lectures, seminars and group presentations. It was so much fun sitting next to your friends, enjoying the classes and then chilling in the library. I miss everything about Aston University.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language!)

Ecstatic or laajawab

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

I would advise all the students to enjoy their every moment in Aston University. Participate in as many events, festivals, competitions as much as you can. Try to learn something every day. Stay in touch with your professors, mentors and build fruitful relationship with them. Earn memories and make life long friends at Aston University.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

I am currently working with a team of 5-6 members, so it's fun to learn. There's so much to explore in a small team and as an intern I get a lot of exposure while working with my colleagues. I enjoy leading team-meetings and delivering our best efforts.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

Well, there's not just one or two things on the list. I am still exploring my options and widening my horizons. But surely, I will publish my poetry book soon in the coming future. That's one among the top-most priorities.

Speaks: English
Role: SEO Executive at Trainline

"In my opinion, I have received all the support throughout my journey here at Aston and I am proud of my university"

Why did you choose Aston University?

If I had to choose the three most impactful reasons why I chose Aston would be:

Multicultural environment that has really helped me through my short career so far and it is the most enjoyable element of studying abroad. The University’s recognition among other business schools and specifically in my topic which is Marketing. Lastly, student life in Birmingham

What are your career ambitions for the future?

I am still trying to find my passion as often people refer to. Hence, I want to get more exposure to a variety of teams and processes that will give me a more holistic experience in the business world. Patience, hard work and enjoying every moment, is my ambition at the moment.

What did you enjoy about your course?

Through the curriculum you get a 360° approach towards marketing and other disciplines that go along with it. In the end, you feel fulfilled with your knowledge and experience which is very important, as students invest both money and time to be rewarded with this amalgam of confidence and knowledge. In my opinion, I have received all the support throughout my journey here at Aston and I am proud of my university.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

Aston directly and indirectly provided me with opportunities to find myself through three distinct and diverse teams. I was part of Aston’s basketball team, which I enjoyed a lot meeting a lot of new people and it made the daily routine more fun. Also, I was part of the 'Business Clinic' that provided me with the opportunity to work with real businesses and understand their daily struggles to meet their goals. Lastly, off the record, a small group of people from my course, we worked on helping a small business at the campus with its digital transformation and growth. The latter two activities really helped me with moving on to the professional world and through both I developed confidence around the business world.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

Most important is that the campus is downtown, hence everything is within walking distance. Moreover, the city-centre and the canals (especially in the summer) is full of nice places to enjoy with your friends. Lastly, I would love to say that, due to the high number of students across all the universities and colleges that Birmingham is home to, the city lives and breathes this student-vibe.

Would you encourage students to do placement and if so why?

I did not take on the opportunity to complete a placement since I enrolled on the postgraduate course which did not have a compulsory requirement to complete a placement, but definitely, it is crucial to get hands-on experience and Aston’s connections can help its students work in a variety of industries depending on your preferences.

What is special about Aston University?

One thing that from my experience Aston is special about, is the multicultural environment, which can create relationships, friendships in some cases that enhance a person’s experience and consequently make more and better memories.

What did you do after you graduated (first year after you graduated)?

In my case, I expanded my student life by going for a semester and studying in Lyon which was the best experience that Aston provided me. But after that finished, I spent some time and applied for jobs until I landed my first job in a small marketing agency in Birmingham.

What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?

To be honest, everything. I would say have fun, make good friends, learn, educate yourself and in general make it worth the effort and enjoy your university life experience.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in just one word (both in English and your home language)?

Holistic -Ολιστική

What would you advise students to do before/after they graduate?

Be patient and do not rush into the professional world as it is something that you would be for most of your life. Hence, enjoy the present opportunity.

What do you enjoy about your current role?

The culture of my company is easy to say the most enjoyable thing. I started working remotely and anyone can imagine that Is a hard task for when starting anew role. But due to the company’s and my team’s culture not only I succeeded in my probation with flying colours but I was given the opportunity to speak my mind as easy as I would do with my close environment. It is not always about the hard skills, but the exposure to a welcoming and innovative environment that ideas and fun flourish.

 Meet Our Global Alumni Ambassadors 2019-2020

Speaks: English, Hindi and Tamil

"This gives me the opportunity to guide students who are ready to study at Aston from my country and also share my experience at Aston."

Ahamed has a background in Engineering having graduated from Anna University in India. Since graduating from Aston University, Ahamed worked as a Marketing Assistant at Unicorn, Birmingham in an internship role. 

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

Becoming a Global Alumni Ambassador will allow me to be in contact with the University. This gives me the opportunity to guide students who are ready to study at Aston from my country and also share my experience at Aston.

My best memory of Aston

I would say my friends, since they are from various cultural backgrounds, I was able to understand and learn about their cultures.

To contact Ahameed please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Flavius Bei: MSc Business and Management (2017) Based in: Romania

Course: Speaks: English and Romanian
Role: Project Coordinator at Graphtec 

"I love my university (Aston) because it taught me a better perspective about the industry and the world."

Flavius studied an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate programme at Aston. Firstly completing his BSc Product Design and Management in 2015, from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, closely followed by an MSc Business and Management graduating in 2017 from Aston Business School. Flavius has a great interest in Product Design as it made him focus on problem solving and has been working at Graphtec in Romania ever since he graduated.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

I've completed two degrees at Aston University: 2012-2015 BSc Product Design and Management at Engineering School and 2015-2016 an MSc in Business and Management. I love my university (Aston) because it taught me a better perspective about the industry and the world. Everyday in my line of work it helps me become a better person. I achieved my success thanks to the academic foundation that my lecturers nurtured in me.

I want to assist potential Aston students that may be afraid of leaving their home due to stepping out of their comfort zone. I personally was afraid of leaving Romania because I had already established a home-base; but once I arrived at Aston I became a changed man as the intercultural exchange pushed me to go out of my comfort zone. I felt encouraged to try to innovate and become a problem solver.

My best memory of Aston

The moment when I and my team of engineers and designers made the best project out of 20 teams (100 people in total). We've worked a lot on our design projects, put our heart and soul into final designs and as a result we achieved best project. This amazing feeling of winning went for multiple projects at Aston, but we also lost on occasions and this made us understand our mistakes and provided the feedback we needed to become our best selves.

Another great moment was when I got a1st on my Masters thesis. I worked so hard on it and was very glad to finish it with success. I think the teamwork, the diverse projects, the practice of working together makes Aston a truly valuable asset.

To contact Flavius please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Amir Bijle: MSc Investment Analysis (2019) Based in: London, England

Role: Commodities Trade Support at ICBC Standard Bank

"I feel indebted to the University for the rest of my life and this would only be a small token of my appreciation."

Amir is a double Aston graduate with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics as well as his Investment Anlaysis MSc. Having worked at Phoenix, Hertfordshire City Council and J. Murphy and Sons, Amir has developed a wealth of experience in Finance. After a summer internship at ICBC Standard Bank, he stayed on and now works in Commodities Trade Support.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

It would bring me great pride and joy to represent such a prestigious university after spending the last 5 years here. I feel indebted to the University for the rest of my life and this would only be a small token of my appreciation. I think Aston is so special because it’s not like other universities, over the last couple of years I have been able to meet people in various departments such as the staff in the; Canteen and IT as well as lecturers.

You always feel like you're welcomed here. For me, it’s not just an institute of learning, it’s a home.

My best memory of Aston

My best memory at Aston would be in my first year of my BSc, I met some guys that will probably be my best friends for the rest of my life and I look forward to seeing them at my wedding.

I have created some special memories with these people and that was only possible because of the university.

To contact Amir please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Saisha Bugde: MSc Investment Analysis (2019) Based in: Oman

Speaks: English and Hindi
 

"As an Aston graduate, I can help portray the advantages of studying at the university and really help the students make the best choice for them."

Saisha completed work experience and an Internship at Wesleyan Assurance Society during her academic year at Aston University. She gained extensive knowledge and experience from the Investment team at Wesleyan. Saisha's goal is to learn a lot more about building complex models, new industries and global markets and to continue her studies to be a Chartered Financial Analyst, working towards becoming a Fund Manager.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

Aston University has really helped shape me as an individual and given me the knowledge to excel in my career goals. It is an excellent institution to learn subjects you are passionate about as they give in-depth knowledge and practical applicability of that knowledge.

I know it can be very hard time trying to make decisions about university and courses, as I was in that place 4 years ago. As an Aston graduate, I can help portray the advantages of studying at the university and really help the students make the best choice for them. It would be great to help more students apply and achieve their career goals. Most importantly, I would still be a part of Aston University.

My best memory of Aston

My best memories were in the library. Just before exam period when there was so much pressure to do well and everyone was helping each other with their work. Endless study sessions with my course mates were filled with laughter and of course studying were the most productive and fun times.

To contact Saisha please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Bernard Degreve: MSc Strategy and International Business (2019) Based in: Brussels, Belgium

Speaks: Dutch, English, French and Spanish
Role: Commercial Graduate at Heineken

"Thanks to Aston, I found a job in May and I want to give back to the University for what the University has given to me."

Born in Brussels, Bernard is a driven and creative individual with strong multilingual abilities and interpersonal skills that enable him to quickly build rapport with others. He has experience studying and/or working in Belgium, Mexico, China, the UK and the Netherlands. Currently, he is working as a Commercial trainee in Belgium where he will enhance his negotiation and communication skills.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

My year at Aston was one of the best experience in my life. I have made long-lasting friends from every corner of the world and I learned a lot about the topics I was interested in. Thanks to Aston, I found a job in May and I want to give back to the university for what the university has given to me. Moreover, I think a lot of students in my country might be interested in a year or more in Birmingham.

My best memory of Aston

There are too many to pick one, but parties in the common room of the 'Mary Sturge' residences, football games on Sundays on the pitch and at the pub were all good memories!

To contact Bernard please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Nationality: Indian
Speaks: English, Hindi and Punjab

"I want to share my experience with all the upcoming students in the University and resolve their queries related to studies and living in Birmingham."

Shubhanshu is a finance graduate from Aston Business School with a Merit and has 3 years of experience of client handling into retail banking in Middle-East and India. He was recently on an Erasmus Exchange Programme at Kozminski University in Poland.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

My experience with Aston University was remarkable because the kind of learning I have experienced at the university. Being an Global Alumni Ambassador, I want to share my experience with all the upcoming students in the university and resolve their queries related to studies, living in Birmingham. It will also give an advantage and keep me connected to the University for more time. It would be a pleasure to spread my university name across my region.

My best memory of Aston

My best memory is my life at Aston University as well as living in such a beautiful campus. Furthermore, the experience of being a student at Aston is great and something which I may not be able to experience further in my life. For this, I want to thank to all my professors and the university for giving me such memorable moments to experience.

To contact Shubhanshu please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Jeremy King: MSc Business Economics and Finance Based in: Gibraltar

Speaks: English and Spanish
Role: Operations Manager at Digital Asset Management and Director at RockBox

"There's nothing worse than not having the right support you need and I believe I can help in that aspect."

Jeremy works for Digital Asset Management as the Operations Manager and Investment Analyst. He has worked in both traditional and digital areas in the financial industry and took part in a two-week internship covering the traditional side of asset management. Also, Jeremy co-founded RockBox, a music therapy clinic.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

To share my experience with fellow Aston students and give them the reassurance that despite what may be happening back at home, there’s always a way around things. There’s nothing worse than not having the right support you need and I believe I can help in that aspect!

My best Aston memory

The networking events provided by the university, great experience.

To contact Jeremy please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Sanchari Pandya: MSc Business and Management (2018) Based in: Mumbai, India

Speaks: English, Gujrati and Hindi

"When I started to think about studying in the UK, I had a lot of questions. It was only after talking to a few students who have experienced living in the UK, I was sure about my decision."

Sanchari was working with Mullen Lowe Lintas Group as a project consultant and she has recently taken a break to help her dad with the family business. At the family business, she handles sales and marketing.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

When I started to think about studying in the UK, I had a lot of questions about the course, the university, the country, the food availability, activities in and around the campus, etc. It was only after talking to a few students who have experienced living in the UK, I was sure about my decision. I have also been a placement coordinator during my bachelors in Mumbai and have been a postgraduate mentor and international student ambassador while I was at Aston. Because some students shared their stories, I could take the right decision for my future and so I would be glad if I could help a few.

My best memory of Aston

It's hard to pick one. But I still remember the feeling I had when I was at the campus for the first time. I loved the salsa classes and the socials at the Students' Union. I enjoyed the business stimulation for my accounting module and I also enjoyed working with the residential services. I have a lot of good memories. Studying at Aston has been full of fun.

To contact Sanchari please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk 

Jing Ren: MSc Investment Analysis (2019) Based in: China

Speaks: English and Mandarin
Role: Co-founder at Welnvest Team

"I was impressed by my experience at Aston Business School. It was a valuable and memorable life experience."

Jing plans to establish a financial studio with several friends, called the WeInvest Team, which mainly provides financial professional learning services and professional investment services. Jing aims to become a good trader and a fund manager. 

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

I was impressed by my experience at Aston Business School. It was a valuable and memorable life experience. In addition, I liked the MSc Investment Analysis course and lecturers taught me a lot of useful knowledge. At the same time, in October last year I became an international student ambassador, responsible for answering questions from Chinese students by making phone calls. This experience has made me understand the questions of Chinese students and allows me to better fulfil the tasks of being a Global Alumni Ambassador. As a Global Alumni Ambassador, I hope I can provide students with specific information about Investment Analysis and other information about living in Aston.

My best memory of Aston

I have many wonderful experiences at Aston University. The best experience may be the exchange programme. I am currently exchanging at the University of South Australia, which is part of the PDP (Aston Global Advantage) programme. I really like the PDP project because it gives me the opportunity to experience different cultures and allows me to learn and live in a multicultural environment.

To contact Jing please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk 

Wenyan Xian: MSc Business Economics and Finance (2019) Based in: France

Course: Speaks: Cantonese, English and Mandarin

"I would like to share my Aston experience with those who are 
considering becoming a student at Aston."

She had an internship in a Chinese business premises before her studies at Aston. Currently, Wenyan is taking a double degree programme offered by the university.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

I am proud of my wonderful one-year study at Aston and I would like to share my Aston experience with those who are considering becoming a student at Aston. I hope I can give back to my university through this Global Alumni Ambassador Scheme.

My best memories of Aston

Most of my fellow students are kind and outstanding. My lectures were in small groups which meant I could easily communicate with lecturers who were always happy to answer questions.

Also, Aston gave me a great chance to study abroad in France with grants and without tuition fees.

There are many different student clubs and societies at Aston. Joining the swimming and water ball clubs helped me to make new friends and is a happy memory.

To contact Wenyan please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Yuanyuan Xie: MSc Strategic Marketing Management (2019) Based in: France

Course: Speaks: English and Mandarin
Role: Student at EDHEC Business School

"I want to be a part of the contribution towards greater influence for Aston that connects the community."

Yuanyuan is passionate for indoor and outdoor activities such as reading, music, mountaineering and jogging. In the short term, she plans to look for an opportunity to practice what she has acquired from Aston and EDHEC Business School in France which was offered as a double-degree exchange programme by Aston. Depending on her experience, she plans to apply for a PhD at Aston after the job to explore further in her interest on researching.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

I worked part-time as an International Ambassador at Aston alongside my master's programme. I enjoyed being an Ambassador and helping future Astonians. Proud as I am as an Aston graduate, I am keen to contribute towards increasing Aston's influence that connects the community. I look forward to continuing this work as a Global Alumni Ambassador.

My best memory of Aston

I always say choosing Aston is one of the best decisions that I have ever made as it changed my life. During this special one year I had fruitful study experiences and gained amazing part-time job memories.

The teaching and discussions I received with prominent lecturers inspired my passion for academic pursuit and working with people from different backgrounds enriched my perception of the world. What's more, obtaining the opportunity to work with Aston staff to tackle market issues as much as I could doubled the values of my precious memories there.    

To contact Yuanyuan please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

Shenhong Yuan: MSc Business Economics and Finance (2019) Based in: China

Course: Speaks: Cantonese, English and Mandarin

"I was helped by my mentor and I appreciated the support and I would like to extend the same feelings to freshers."

Shenhong has worked as a Customer Manager in China before she further enhanced her skills through her successful adjustment to the UK higher education system. She first studied Banking and Finance at The University of Birmingham and then she studied at Aston University.

Why I wanted to be a Global Alumni Ambassador

Firstly, I enjoy providing good suggestions to others. Secondly, I was helped by my mentor and I appreciated the support and I would like to extend the same feelings to freshers. Lastly, I have learnt a lot at Aston so I would like to share my experiences. 

My best memory of Aston

I can't forget the memories with the Aston Swimming Team. My friendly teammates and my best swimming coach are the best treasure. The routine training was tiring but it forced me to improve.

To contact Shenhong please email abs_alumni@aston.ac.uk

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