What did you study at Aston University?
What year did you graduate?
Aston gave me more than a law degree, they equipped me with professional skills to pursue any industry that aligns with my aspirations.
Why did you choose Aston University?
I was attracted to Aston University because it combined my passion for law with business expertise thus adequately preparing me for industries that go beyond just a law degree.
What did you enjoy about your course?
The course helped me sharpen my commercial acumen particularly in my banking and finance module where the modules we learned coincided with real life examples thus making it more interesting. Most importantly the university put me forward for prestigious opportunities such as the Stephen Lawrence scholarship which gave me a valuable insight into the world of commercial law as well as networking with students from a similar background.
What else did you get involved in while you were here?
I got involved in mooting, volunteering at the law clinic, citizens advice on cooperation street, law society events and debating societies. The experience I gained from the law clinic was vital as I had an opportunity to present at the GoBrum charity conference with other students.
What did you like about living in Birmingham?
Birmingham is a big city with a lot of opportunities compared to Leicester. Being a city with so many students, it was easier for me to make friends either from the Aston or neighbouring universities and this was vital for me considering that I did not know anyone prior to moving.
What did you do immediately after you graduated?
After I graduated I worked at my part-time job in Birmingham for 3 months whilst looking for a graduate role.
What is your current job (position and organisation)?
I am currently a Graduate Business Partner at Futures Housing Group based in Derbyshire and I have worked in the Home Allocations, neighbourhood services and Assets team thus far. I also own a shoe cleaning business.
What do you enjoy about it?
I enjoy the flexibility that comes with the role – I shape my own career by doing things that interest me in the world of housing. I have helped set up food banks networks within the organisation last winter, helped communities at work with their All-Party Parliamentary Group report on Housing and Social Mobility, travelled to Scotland to look at how the Wheatley Group deals with sustainability within their organisation as part of the GEM programme, obtained a level 4 Charted Institute of Housing qualification and launched my own shoe cleaning business separately in late September of 2020. I have dealt with new developments, re lets, ASB issues etc so no days are ever the same for me at work.
What are your career ambitions for the future?
I am currently applying for a managerial role at the moment with outstanding interviews from organisations such as ALDI and Amazon but I do hope to utilise my degree discipline and pursue a career in commercial law.
What is special about Aston University?
Aston gave me more than a law degree, they equipped me with professional skills to pursue any industry that aligns with my aspirations (compared to my peers I haven’t struggled to obtain employment and I think it is a testament to the professional skills module I learnt in my final year. I think the business focus of the law school is unique and does set the university apart from other institutions.
What advice would you give to current Aston students
Take every opportunity offered to you – make use of the career services , make sure to take a placement year if it is offered and most importantly the relationship you build with your lecturers is important and don’t be afraid to engage with them either with your personal struggles or career advice etc.
What do you miss the most about studying at Aston?
The access to subscriptions I had etc FT, Westlaw etc and I do miss being intellectually challenged particularly in my Equity and Trusts module.
How would you sum up your time at Aston in one word (both in English and your home language!)
Ambitious!!! ( it raised my aspirations and showed me unlimited possibilities).