Siti Hairi

Country of origin: Malaysia

Executive in Strategy & Business Development, Sime Darby (Malaysia)

I chose to study at LUMS because of its good reputation. Because of that reputation, it is becoming more popular among employers not only in the UK but in Malaysia as well. I noticed that recently Lancaster was ranked in the top ten universities in the UK and that makes me think that being a Lancaster University graduate will offer me a bright future.

After three years of study at LUMS on the BSc Accounting and Finance, I realise that the good quality of its teaching and management staff is a contributory factor to the success of its students. The management staff are helpful, reliable and always smiling. The lecturers have great teaching skills and are very experienced – for example, my Auditing lecturer used to be an auditor with KPMG. They are also approachable and always answer any queries that you have.

I was proud to be a part of the LUMS community. It is a beautifully designed School and has a number of modern and comfortable lecture theatres. During my time at Lancaster I was also a member of the Islamic Society (ISOC), Vice President of the Lancaster University Malaysian Students Society (LUMSS) and president of HELWA, the women’s society within LUMSS.

Although it was not part of my degree requirements, I also did a two-month internship at PricewaterhouseCooopers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in Assurance. Through this I learnt how important teamwork is to ensure that everything is finished before it becomes due. I also learnt how to work under pressure, to be independent, patient, and always to think positively.

I am now going to work for Sime Darby, Malaysia as an Executive in its Group Strategy and Business Development department.