Sheryar Tareen

Country of origin: Pakistan

Research Manager, Ipsos

The degree which Sheryar studied, MSc Operational Research and Management Science, has changed its name to MSc Business Analytics.

I began my higher education by studying for a BA in Marketing with Business Studies and Human Resource Management at a university in Pakistan. Partway though my studies I transferred to Middlesex University Business School in London, where I was awarded an Achievement Scholarship. I completed my Bachelors degree in January 2006 with an 2:1 honours degree – finishing the degree a semester early by taking extra courses at Middlesex during the previous two terms and in the summer vacation.

Finishing my degree early allowed me the opportunity to gain eight months' professional work experience with Freever UK as a WAP Operations Administrator before coming to Lancaster to start the MSc in Operational Research.

I was particularly interested in the MSc in OR at Lancaster because I wanted to develop my knowledge and gain experience in the field of operations research. The MSc is the ideal vehicle to combine quantitative and qualitative thinking skills in order to excel in OR. As an added bonus, I was delighted to be offered the Robinson Scholarship when I arrived at Lancaster. This scholarship is an annual award to OR students who come from developing countries.

I'm keen to start my own consultancy firm in Pakistan and introduce OR to the country because there is very little knowledge or awareness of operational research in Pakistan at present. I enjoy solving complex problems that are challenging in nature, and believe my work in the past has given me vital knowledge of planning projects. My strengths are combining a pragmatic approach with a creative view of different situations.

The MSc in Operational Research is a new challenge for me since I do not have a strictly numerical background. But in the first few weeks of the MSc I found I was really enjoying the structure of the modules, and the facilities at Lancaster. My period of study at LUMS will give me access to a stream of knowledge in a healthy and a competitive educational environment under the guidance of excellent teachers.