Country of origin: Pakistan
Assistant Manager Mobile Wallets, Mobilink, Pakistan
On graduating Hassan joined a graduate scheme at Standard Chartered Bank, then worked in Dubai for PwC, before moving into the telecoms industry in Pakistan.
I enrolled at Lancaster in September 2006 as an international student on the BBA Management degree. My decision to come to Lancaster University for undergraduate studies has proven to be a very rewarding one. Lancaster's excellent academic facilities, teaching staff, student societies and sports facilities – coupled with a beautiful campus and collegiate system - provide a vibrant student life.
The BBA offered a lot of flexibility around a core, compulsory grouping of modules in Economics, Accounting, Marketing, Management and Management Science. Upon admission I was granted a scholarship worth £1500 per year by the University, which I held on to throughout the four years.
Living and studying in Canada
After completing the first year at Lancaster, I went to Canada for the second year of the degree – the study abroad year. I had the opportunity to go to the renowned Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. This was an exciting yet challenging opportunity as the format of courses, teaching style and assessments were very different compared to LUMS.
I was among students from top universities from around the world who were also participating in exchange programmes. I also took the opportunity to travel in the US during the winter break which made the year a brilliant experience both academically and socially. After completing the year abroad, I returned to the UK for the third year of my degree, the placement year.
The placement hunt in the UK whilst being abroad was a difficult task to accomplish. I was able to secure a placement with Johnson & Johnson through telephone interviews while I was still in Toronto. Upon accepting the offer, I worked at their Consumer UK head offices in Maidenhead for 14 months. Having the opportunity to work as a full-time employee and thereby witnessing the application of different theories in a real-life business setting was a key learning experience during my studies.
I also attended other outreach events such as a week-long school at Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. The summer school, which focused on social entrepreneurship, was attended by students from across Europe and was sponsored event by Vodafone.
I then returned to Lancaster, after being away for nearly two and a half years, for the fourth and final year which required a lot more hard work! I also worked for the Management School as an ‘Ambassador’ throughout the final year. I was part of a social media project team, and involved in open days and a two-week summer school for overseas students. I feel that such a wide variety of activities that I did while studying at Lancaster – both academic and others – have allowed me to develop a diverse skill set and have equipped me to be successful in my future endeavours.
Upon graduation, I joined the Banking Associates Graduate programme with Standard Chartered Bank within their Consumer Banking division at their country head offices in Karachi, Pakistan. I now work as Assistant Manager Mobile Wallets for Mobilink in Islamabad.