Tell me about yourself – what did you study at Leeds, and what was your student job?
My name is Ubaid and I am from India. I studied Masters of Business Administration from LUBS, and before my Masters I have worked as a Marketing Engineer for over 6 years in New Delhi, India.
I worked with LUU Co-op as a retail assistant during my time in the University and I just loved it. It did not only help me manage my expenses, but was a great opportunity for me to learn from and meet students from a varied set of courses and cultures.
What career have you gone into after graduating, and how did your role at Co-op help prepare you for that?
I have started working as a Business Consultant post my MBA. Working with LUU Co-op helped me fill a lot of gaps in my skill set. To start with, I got the much needed exposure to work in a pure retail and customer service setting. I did not have a background in either and now I realise how important it was for me.
Secondly, LUU has a large and diverse workforce. This gave me an opportunity to work with a cross cultural team, which in the present global economy is a vital experience. Furthermore, it was an amazing opportunity for me to witness a collaborative and flat hierarchical team, which has truly raised my expectations (a positive paradigm shift).
Which skills and personal qualities did you develop during your time here to make you more employable?
I believe that I picked up a lot of skills during my time with LUU that are helping me and will help in the future as well. To start with, I believe confidence is contagious and you see so many people around you who are highly motivated and love what they do. This definitely elevates the mood and builds up confidence in yourself. Believe me, this is very important.