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Double degree alumnus now working for Microsoft Arabia

Mujtaba Alsaif

I chose Brunel due to its reputation. I would recommend Brunel, as the programs of study have been tailored to match [industry] job requirements as much as possible

Mujtaba, Alumni, Postgraduate

Technical Account Manager, Microsoft Arabia

Enterprise Systems Development MSc - 2006

From Saudi Arabia

Previous Institution

King Fahad Academy - A Levels

Additional Brunel qualifications:

Internet Engineering BEng, class of 2004

Tell us about your career journey since you graduated…

I started my career as a Developer in a local bank and have transitioned through multiple organisations before joining Microsoft. During that period, I have always been managing strategic projects that aim to transform the traditional business cycle to a more digital cycle.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

I manage relationships with my customers and help them better understand Microsoft products and leverage their usage in their organisations.

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

At Brunel, you learn how to manage relationships. Its students come from all corners of the world and as a result, you get the experience of understanding how to manage expectations between people and how to tailor the right message.

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

I chose Brunel due to its reputation. I would recommend Brunel University to any aspiring student, as the programs of study have been tailored to try to match the job requirements as much as possible. In addition, it has a lot of invested relationships with the commercial domains, which also supports the continued update to its programs

What is your best memory of studying here?

I had a 1-2-1 session with my supervisor in which we went over the presentation skills required. The skills I garnered during those 2 hours I still use today with my customers

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

Take the opportunity to grow your skillset and broaden your horizons. You will have the right expertise from the faculty and other students, and such an opportunity will reduce as time passes by

What would be your top tip or advice for new graduates as they begin their career journey?

While waiting to be hired, try to continue investing in your skills and capabilities; resources are available for free on the internet. After being hired, try to utilise the opportunity to experiment with new ideas.