Role models series – inspiring stories from 10 winners and finalists of the British Muslim Awards

Learning from others’ career stories is a key part of our own decision making process and the journeys we experience. Who we learn from and how this takes place varies; it could be from specific role models, mentors, inspiring figures, or just from people we know and meet through our family, studies and work. If we look atContinue reading “Role models series – inspiring stories from 10 winners and finalists of the British Muslim Awards”

Winning the British Muslim Award for Education and what it means for me

At the start of January, I had some general goals I wanted to achieve this year. I’d always been one of those people to try and create a sophisticated plan, only to then hit a brick wall in keeping the momentum going. But a theme that I kept in my mind was this idea of theContinue reading “Winning the British Muslim Award for Education and what it means for me”

Resilience, skills and employability through the ‘China experience’

For anyone looking to enrich their university education and gain a unique set of skills and experiences, China is definitely a place to visit. China’s global education and economic influence is still continuing; it dominates the list of leading universities in the developing world, and it’s strategic importance for UK companies is well illustrated with the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative;Continue reading “Resilience, skills and employability through the ‘China experience’”

Why the ‘international experience’ on our university campuses must not be sacrificed

I couldn’t leave 2016 without some reference to the events that really shook us this year – Brexit and the Trump presidency. The world was clearly taken aback by the respective decisions, and like many people, I’ve been shocked and saddened by the divisive and racist backlash that has occurred both in the UK and US following theContinue reading “Why the ‘international experience’ on our university campuses must not be sacrificed”

Finding a graduate job – what really works?

This week I attended a presentation on the graduate labour market by Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Graduate Prospects and well known for his expertise on employment destinations of graduates and postgraduates. It was a really interesting overview of 2015 graduate destinations, the current and future graduate labour market, with a few myths challenged. MuchContinue reading “Finding a graduate job – what really works?”

Universal lessons for success from global Muslim ‘mumpreneurs’ defying the odds

Growing up, I would often see and hear about the Asian mums in our community running small businesses from home, usually in catering or making clothes. With no technology, social media or massive business networks, these women had to rely on word of mouth, community events or weddings to be able to promote and provide their services. FastContinue reading “Universal lessons for success from global Muslim ‘mumpreneurs’ defying the odds”

Disadvantaged and disillusioned – why mentoring is the tool for creating change

Today we celebrate the annual National Mentoring Day to recognise and raise awareness of the enormous power and benefits of mentoring.  Here I will be talking about the importance of ‘early intervention’ to create successful personal and professional lives.   It never ceases to amaze me how a parent can show such resilience and strength of character when their child’s life is cruelly cut short. Olympic sprinterContinue reading “Disadvantaged and disillusioned – why mentoring is the tool for creating change”

Why we must continue to challenge the ‘success and failure’ mindset

Working in higher education always brings back many memories of my university days, and this is definitely a favourite time of the year for me, as the campuses are alive with the sound of students. Of course we now have the new cohort, and so I wanted to reflect on the experiences they are going through right now. MakingContinue reading “Why we must continue to challenge the ‘success and failure’ mindset”

I’m a confused soon to be graduate.. get me out of here!

Just for the record, I’ve never watched the reality show, ‘I’m a Celebrity…. Get Me Out Of Here!’ in case anyone wondered about my taste in TV programmes. But it did strike me as an appropriate phrase to maybe sum up how many of you may be feeling right now as you approach the endContinue reading “I’m a confused soon to be graduate.. get me out of here!”

An evening of celebration, inspiration and the speech of my life

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker for a truly wonderful evening of celebration and inspiration organised by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The 3rd BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) event, held in Manchester, aimed to celebrate diversity by understanding and embracing individual differences in ways that drive innovation, connect them more fully toContinue reading “An evening of celebration, inspiration and the speech of my life”