Newcastle University Business School

Monique Ahmed

Alumni profile

About Monique

Current job: Corporate Development Manager at Cygnet Health Care
Current location: London
Nationality: British
LinkedIn: Monique Ahmed

About Monique's career

Since graduating, what have you gone on to do?
I was on the Flying Start course at university. After graduating, I went on to finish the ACA and worked for two years in Audit and Assurance (the role I had done my placements in and graduated into). After this I transferred to Deals, specifically in Transaction Services. After just over a year in Transaction Services, I was promoted to Manager. I performed this role for six months before taking a three month career break to travel and volunteer. More recently I have accepted a role as Corporate Development Manager at a leading mental health care company.

Is the above what you planned to do before starting university?
Before starting university I would never have imagined myself in this role. I have been so lucky with the opportunities that have been presented to me.

About Monique's Newcastle experience

What was your favourite thing about your course?
From second year we had no choice in modules. This meant that lectures were always with the same group of people. We supported each other and helped struggling class mates and made life-long friendships – we all understood what the next person was going through with juggling placements and university.

Did you complete a placement year/study abroad/summer internship during your time at Newcastle?
I completed placements in each of my second, third and fourth years. I was placed in Bristol. My first and second placements were by far the hardest time I have ever had at work, with extremely stressful environments and long working hours. Although it was hard at the time, it shaped me as an individual and taught me how to deal with the stress of working life, a skill that has been very valuable.

What extra-curricular activities or societies were you involved with during your time here?
I acted as a Peer Mentor to other Business School students. This enabled me to share my own experiences to help others in years below with a variety of matters, from personal lives to planning study. It also helped me to meet other students from the Business School who I may not otherwise have crossed paths with.

About the future

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
I still don’t know where I will be/want to be in five years time and I think that is OK. I am doing really well in my career and seeing where life will take me and what opportunities will arise.

Profile uploaded: 30/04/2019