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BSc (Hons) Economics and Politics graduate, Navin Mal, shares his graduate story

Aston University graduate supports Government's response to Covid-19

Hi, I'm Navin Mal and I studied BSc (Hons) Politics and Economics at Aston University.

It’s been a crazy time the past few years in the UK and internationally with all the current political changes. This has made me want to better my understanding of how the political system and the economic system works and how they go together to explain the society we live in today.


Navin Mal Economics and Politics student Aston University

What is your current job role?

I work in the COVID-19 Programme Management Office based in Whitehall in London. I’m very lucky to be working on the biggest issue of the day, which is COVID-19. Helping to support and manage the government’s response to COVID-19 is a privilege and definitely the highest honour you could have. It is thrilling and rewarding to switch on the news and see what you were working on in the day. It can be challenging, but it’s really rewarding to look back and see how we have been able to lead through something quite difficult.

Why did you choose to study at Aston University?

Coming from a local area, Wolverhampton, Aston has a very good reputation there and has very good links to different schools and different industries. I really wanted an education that was linked to getting a job and gaining the skills that employers look for. In most jobs, you are valued by your performance but there will also be points where you’re valued for how you fit into the team and how you contribute to that culture. Aston gave me a really good start in developing those skills.


Navin Mal Economics and Politics student Aston University

Did any particular modules stand out when studying your course?

I did a module in my final year called EuroSim. This involved learning negotiation through simulation games, so you learn in a practical way how to negotiate. Rather than just reading out a textbook or answering essays, it teaches you how to apply those skills.

How did your placement year benefit you?

During my placement year, I was lucky enough to go to Antwerp in Belgium. It was a really good experience for me because it enabled me to meet new people and get some practical experience. Now I’ve graduated I’ve gone into the world of work, I’ve had a chance to build on those skills and go out there into the job market and show employers this is what I can do.

Navin Mal Economics and Politics student Aston University
Navin Mal Economics and Politics student Aston University

Navin commented: 

The opportunities are there so make the most of it.

Aston has a very good reputation, and has very good links with different schools and different parts of industry.