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Tanweer Hassan

Why did you decide to study for an MBA? 
As a first-generation student, I come from a family where nobody has been exposed to the corporate world or entrepreneurship environments. With an entrepreneurial mindset and desire to be successful in today’s globalised business world, I understood the importance of developing my cultural understanding of workplaces, networking with like-minded people, and considering the organisational hierarchies that help companies to thrive. 

A UK MBA degree was the answer to all these goals. However, pursuing a global business degree requires dedication and a deep interest in the subject to make it a worthwhile journey. Pursuing an MBA degree is a life-changing experience for me as a first-generation university student. I want to do something meaningful in my life by contributing positively towards society. 

What were your reasons for choosing Leeds University Business School? 
University reputation and core values were something that I looked for. For example, the University of Leeds has a focus on collaboration, compassion, inclusivity, and integrity. The business school comprises a diverse international cohort from various industries and nationalities. Leeds is also a very student-friendly city, and it is recognised for its thriving start-up ecosystem for future entrepreneurs. 

What is the best part of your studies? What are you enjoying the most? 
Group tasks and case studies are something that keeps me active and helps me learn to relate to more practical situations. Furthermore, I am excited about the new venture challenge in the Strategy & Entrepreneurship management module because of its dynamic application to real-time business situations. Undertaking such consulting assignments helps students put their classroom concepts to the test in a challenging and practical scenario. I cannot forget to mention the amazing university staff and diversity in class cohort which has made my experience unique. 

Have you taken part in any additional activities (international study tours, social events, student led clubs)? What are the key highlights? 
I am very active in extracurricular activities, such as the ‘Enactus’ business society. Besides the society activities, I am also working on a TEDx Leeds Project that is close to my heart. 

Did you have any other noteworthy experiences/highlights during your time at Leeds? 
Before Joining Leeds University Business school, I had a few dreams to work towards. To quote the great Sufi scholar and poet, Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī, “What you seek is seeking you.” One of my ambitions was to work on my start-up project and in doing this, I won the University of Leeds ‘Spark’ Enterprise Scholarship. This has not only motivated me to dream big but has also given me the guided path to do something meaningful in life. 

Have you used the services of the Professional Development Tutor/ Executive Careers Consultant?
Leeds University Business School has one of the best Careers Services, allowing you to enjoy your time at the university but also focus on your career development. They provide tailored support based on an individual's personal and professional goals. I have received support from the University of Leeds Careers Service and Career Farm whilst working on my start-up projects. They are always welcoming and ready to listen and can help to connect you with key contacts. 

What would you say is your defining memory of studying here is?
I have made friends here at the University of Leeds who are gems of my life. We are like a family away from home. 

Overall how would you describe your Leeds MBA experience?
The Leeds MBA is a rewarding, enriching and prosperous experience. It has helped me to develop new skills whilst exposing me to new cultures at the same time. This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to work on my ambitious future career goals. 

What was your previous role and organisation before studying for an MBA? 
I was working under the digital product management team with Cambridge University Press & Assessment. 

What is your impression/experience of the facilities, the staff, your peers, the City of Leeds and the region itself? 
The University of Leeds campus is attractive and energetic thanks to its historic red brick buildings and modern amenities. The staff at the university are friendly and always willing to assist you. Apart from that, my classmates are friendly, and I am surrounded by talented students here on campus. Overall, Leeds is a bustling city.