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Students empowered to enter the job market in first careers bootcamp of 2022


On Thursday 13th January 2022, the first Careers and Employability Services Bootcamp for 2022 took place with over 111 participants joining a range of sessions dedicated to insightful topics such as CV and cover letter writing, public speaking and more. The sessions were facilitated by Mohammad Meraj, Head of Academic Professional Services and Quality, and Dr Lynda Hyland, Head of Careers and Employability Services (CES). 

The insightful and interactive CV and cover-letter writing workshop was well-received by the students attending the bootcamp, who appreciated the suggestions based on the latest requirements of local and global organisations. 

As a follow-up, Katharina Hicker, PR Consultant, Public Speaking Trainer, and MD of Castleforbes Communications, introduced our students to how they can develop effective public speaking skills during her session entitled “How to recognise and create speaking opportunities”. She encouraged the attendees to push boundaries and explore more such opportunities to accelerate their careers. 

Dr Lynda Hyland then conducted an interactive session about how to ace any interview. Following this, a panel of Middlesex University Dubai’s alumni speakers provided a taste of the corporate culture and global employment opportunities and journeys on offer to our future graduates. Students took this opportunity to actively participate and network with alumni about how to achieve their dream jobs. 

The alumni who shared their exciting careers so far were:

  • Rishika Ghosh Basu, Manager, Deloitte
  • Masooma Bilgrami, Senior Accountant, Energetech
  • Melissa Lobo, Senior Accountant, Tamouh HealthCare LLC
  • Maryam Lawan, Founder, Blue Sapphire Hub
  • Mohammed Baseerul Huq Siddiqui, Manager (Group Internal Audit), Network International
  • Aishwarya Manoj Kumar, Commercial Analyst, Al Futtaim Logistics Co, Dubai
  • Cherita V Noronho, Senior Specialist- Operations Management, TREVEX Technology Limited

The final session saw an accomplished panel of student interns in a range of industries share their experiences on securing internships within and outside the University, as well as how they have felt starting out on their professional journeys and seeing the academic benefits of these experiences. 

The interns who joined the session were:

  • Kateryna Kaptyelova, Audit Intern, EY
  • Sadaf Khan, Student Office Intern, Middlesex University Dubai
  • Marion Mtei, Quality Office Intern, Middlesex University Dubai
  • Alita Abraham, Student Learning Assistant and Intern, Inspire Therapy

We are very grateful to Mohammad Meraj and Dr Lynda Hyland for facilitating the CES Bootcamp and Aiswarya Nair, Coordinator – Careers and Employability Services for organising the virtual sessions with participants from different parts of the world. Thank you to all our alumni and current students for taking part and sharing your stories for the benefit of our future graduates!

We would also like to thank Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, our Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director and our Deputy Directors, Dr Cody Paris, Dr Tenia Kyriazi and Felicity Preston for their support in running such current and collaborative sessions.

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