Pakzad Nussirabad graduated from UWIC in 2005 with an MBA in Management (Distinction) and was also presented with the student of the year award. He now works for the finance services firm, SKP (Nexia International Member) as Assosciate Director for HR. Pakzad tells us about his time at UWIC and why he wants to be an International Alumni Ambassador.
1. What made you choose UWIC? Honestly, it was a kind of a gut feeling which made my decision. UWIC just happened. Life was good not only on the academic front but in Cardiff (Wales) in general. Learnt a lot and made great friends too. Although above all the opportunity to have my dissertation supervised by Dr. Trefor Lewis (former Director - MBA Programme) and the late Dr. Neville Gaunt (Prinicipal Lecturer) was just something else.
2. What made you volunteer for the role? I’ve always been connected with roles involving guidance, coaching and development. Even at UWIC; I was selected to be Head Warden/Shift Manger (UWIC Halls) this role involved counselling/caring for the students living at the Halls of residence. Even now, I am working as an Associate Director HR with a financial services firm and my role involves coaching and developing talent. So, what better way than this to be of assistance to aspiring students looking at academic opportunities abroad.
3. What plans do you have for UWIC Alumni living in India? Would be great to interact with the other alumni and setup a forum.
4. Have you done anything like this before? I have been a part of a number of talent acquisition drives and business development initiatives. In addition, my work profile involves coaching and development as well.
5. What are your hobbies and interests? Healthier hobbies involve yoga and visiting the gym. Otherwise, it’s following Arsenal in the Premier League. I love the outdoors and I do travel quite a bit as well.
6. Are you still using the skills gained during you UWIC degree? One of the reasons I wanted to do an MBA from UWIC was to change my career line from IT to HR. So, the answer is yes, I am very much using my skills acquired at UWIC. To contact Pakzad e-mail:
Vivek is our International Alumni Ambassador for Kolkata, India and is currently a Director for Pinnacle International. We caught up with Vivek to hear about his time in Cardiff Met (UWIC) and see what he has planned as the Ambassador.
1. What made you choose UWIC?
UWIC became the choice since I was looking for a University offering a unique opportunity for a world-class business degree combined with a great location & students from diversified communities.2. What made you volunteer for the role?
It was a privilege to be instantly accepted giving me the opportunity of networking and to share among them the warmth which can easily propel one into being in touch with your alumni.3. What plans do you have for UWIC Alumni living in India?
As could be obvious the same shall include increased awareness for programmes as Social/networking, get-to-know your fellows, felicitation of faculty &/or sharing alumni’s achievement events which can be organised at different levels ranging from a simple coffee to dinner social welfare, sport activity participation programs amongst others. 4 Have you done anything like this before?
Yes which includes organising of and participation in several events of social welfare organisations and clubs on a very regular basis jointly with school & college friends.4. What are your hobbies and interests?
Golf, travel, photography are my favourite activities apart from my work of course.5. Are you still using the skills gained during you UWIC degree?
Yes since the same was the very purpose of such learning. As many of my co students may also feel the skills gained during the UWIC days enabled one to be more open minded in pursuing newer opportunities and ambience to the extent of strengthening me to even walk up to a stranger or to approach a new situation not faced earlier. The EDUCATION while the DEGREE too helps me a lot, gets me to understand, forecasts, do market research, marketing and planning and lots more easily.
Priyesh Thar studied for an MBA, graduating in 2011. He is now working as a Manager in Business Development & Support in the South Asia Project Office for Cardiff Metropolitan University's International Office. We caught up with
Priyesh in Haryana, India.1. What made you choose Cardiff Met (UWIC)?
Cardiff Met University according to UKBA list is awarded as a highly trusted university. It marks the largest number of full-time MBA students in the UK.
Many of my friends have graduated from the same university that are now working as highly qualified professionals in multi-national companies. In the case of most of the senior successful managers, I realised that experience did play a major role in their success, but what's more important was that they came from a recognized school of business. Their decisions were based on their peer’s experience and that was also shared in the class. Hence, my determination towards pursuing an MBA in Cardiff Met became much stronger and very soon, it became a passion.
Moreover, Cardiff Met offers a list of courses to specialise in by choosing one’s own path of interest. For instance, my first semester included important core modules which are essential for an MBA programme combined with one of my own selective modules of interest helping me to build my own pathway.
2. What made you volunteer for the role?
Frankly, I did not have to give it a second thought in volunteering for this role. It has always been an honour studying and having worked in the International Office at Cardiff Met. Moreover, being a brand ambassador for the same university you’ve studied in itself is a very proud feeling.
3. What plans do you have for Cardiff Met (UWIC) Alumni living in your area?
There are so many Cardiff Met Alumni who are doing a great job in various parts of the world. It would be great to catch up sometime sharing the achievements and memories with fellow classmates.
4. Have you done anything like this before?
Although it wasn’t as big; I had once represented my college in Mumbai in competitions like one – act plays, Commercial Dramas, Monologues and small skits; which was a good experience. But I have to say while I was a Cardiff Met International Student Helper I enjoyed assisting students with enrolment, inductions, campus tours, organizing T20 cricket trips, Indian cultural events, student accommodation, part-time jobs and much more. It was a great opportunity to socialise and share my personal experience with the new aspiring students. I believe this is going to add great value to my new role and I’m looking forward to it with much enthusiasm.
5. What are your hobbies and interests?
Trekking, Mountaineering and Camping has been of great interest to me. The Brecon Beacons, UK - tops amongst my favourite spots for such adventures. A bit of sport including Cricket, Table Tennis, Billiards and Carrom. Also, I am equally passionate about Photography, Theatres and Acting.
6. Are you still using the skills gained during you Cardiff Met (UWIC) degree? Certainly, my pathway in Project Management is directly connected with my current work profile which is managing the Cardiff Met South Asia Project office. A part of my job involves strategic management, marketing, planning, implementing and executing the whole project within the required time frame without missing my targets.
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming an International Alumni Ambassador.