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Ms. Marina Yazdanparast (BA Hons Accounting and Finance 2015)


Name: Marina Yazdanparast
Program: BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
Year of graduation: 2015
Company name: APCO Worldwide
Position: Finance Intern

Q1. What made you choose Middlesex University Dubai?  

Middlesex University is a well reputed UK university in Dubai.

Q2. What aspects of your course did you enjoy most? 

The courses were a combination of theoretical and practical activities which enhanced our learning and understanding of our relative field.

Q3. What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex? 

There are many, but mainly would be the various extracurricular activities I was part of. It might seem stressful at the time but they help you to grow as a person.

Q4. What one piece of advice would you give to a prospective student interested in studying at Middlesex?

It's good to have fun and enjoy the 3 or 4 golden years of your life but ensure you balance with your studies. Get to know everyone and form meaningful connections.

Q5. Can you give an example of a time when you put the things you learned at Middlesex to practical use? 

There are many examples, but I would say the most obvious would be the ability to navigate Microsoft Excel. This has proven to be invaluable knowledge.

Q6. What made you choose the industry you work in and what are its pros and cons?

Working in corporate finance, my duties are mostly business and financial analytics. This challenges you to think, make decisions and find solutions. Although it can be frustrating at times, there is never ending growth in this industry. 

Q7. What are the top three tips you would give to current students and recent graduates who are looking for a similar career to yourself? 

The 3 tips would be:

  1. Continue to learn and develop even after graduation as this will help you to achieve your goals.
  2. Ensure that you focus on learning everyday as this will help you to develop and gain depth of understanding.
  3. All information is useful information!

Q8. What one piece of advice would you give to the 17/18 year old you?

Focus on what you enjoy doing the most and choose this as your career. Your chances of achieving your goals are raised when you are genuinely passionate about what you do.

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