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Alumna reflects on her Brunel experience and how it has supported her career journey

Sanaa Siddiqui

The atmosphere at Brunel was different to other universities - I knew it was a university for high performers, but also one where I would be welcomed and supported.

Sanaa, Alumni, Undergraduate

Content Writer, Juro

Multimedia Technology & Design BSc - 2012

From UK

Previous Institution

Southend High School for Girls - A Levels

Tell us about your educational and/or career journey since you graduated from Brunel?

My first job was at a high-velocity, clean-tech scaleup, where I was part of the PR and Communications team. It was a whirlwind two years, but I then decided to push myself even further - and went to teach English in Shanghai, China, with Disney. Throughout all these experiences, I realised I wanted to write - and that I was great at it. So, when I returned, I pursued it full-time, as a content writer with a legal tech scaleup called Juro.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

A typical day involves balancing exciting, long-term projects - like curating eBooks and webinars with legal leaders at some of the most successful companies - and day-to-day work, which includes writing blogs and case studies, engaging with the legal community on socials, and making sure copy in our platform is welcoming, friendly, and more human.

What’s been the highlight of your career journey so far?

We released an eBook called ‘Legal for Scaleups’ featuring general counsel and heads of legal at some of the fastest-growing businesses. It was a huge project which involved structuring chapters and questions, interviewing legal leaders at some amazing companies like Monzo and Onfido, ghostwriting, briefing to design, and watching the hard work come together beautifully. It was such a great experience, and really helped my own legal network skyrocket!

How would you say your Brunel experience has helped you to get where you are today?

I definitely picked up on a multitude of skills from my degree that come in handy when I least expect it. My knowledge of the Adobe suite has been a lifesaver - instead of relying on our design team for simple edits, I can get to work myself and let them focus on the important projects! Coding has always been a useful skill, too. Generally, the resourcefulness and resilience I seemed to hone at Brunel plays an important role in a fast-paced start-up environment, every day.

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

It sounds strange, but when I arrived at Brunel for the Open Day, I seemed to click with the University. I could picture myself walking through the campus, I seemed to know where everything was, and I even made friends at the Open Day! The atmosphere at Brunel was different to other universities - I knew it was a university for high performers, but also one where I would be welcomed and supported.

What is your best memory of studying here?

Befriending complete strangers who weren’t even on the same course as me. Our mutual connection was the late nights we spent in the computer labs and the creativity we seemed to foster after the sun had set! I also enjoyed the programming lab sessions we had, and was incredibly lucky to work alongside such talented and generous people. We were all in the same boat of trying to understand complex languages, like PHP and MySQL, but there was a collective mission to succeed together, and help those who were falling behind.

If you could give one piece of advice to current Brunel students, what would that be?

Take plenty of pictures!