Mohammed Dassu graduated in 2015 with a BSc Economics.
What did you enjoy about studying at Leicester?
My course mates were fantastic! We set up a group where we all supported each other with assignments and shared lecture notes. We even got 20 of us crammed into one library room to solve a difficult game theory assignment - pleased to say we got the right answer in the end!
How did studying at Leicester support your employability?
Its not just what you do in the classroom, its also what you do outside of it that matters! Employers want to see something beyond your lecture notes and that can be volunteering, part-time work, society positions or something else. I set up a chocolate business whilst at university and many years after graduating interviewers still ask me about it to this day.
There is a balance between studying hard and developing as a person. You need to try and find the right balance and to get the best of both worlds.
What has your career path been since graduating and what are the highlights of your career so far?
I graduated onto the Teach First programme and became a maths teacher. I completed internships at EY, KPMG and Deloitte and eventually chose to move to Deloitte and have been there for five years as a Management Consultant. I now advise companies and governments on how they can leverage Robotics and AI in their workplace.
You recently joined one of our career success events - The Value of an Entrepreneurial Mind-set. What value do you see that these types of 'careers' events bring to the student experience?
Attending a career event gives you the opportunity to network, talk to likeminded people and open your mind to the possibilities. You have nothing to loose and a lot to gain so make the most of each and every event.
Why do you think it is important to alumni to remain involved with their university?
Once a UoL'er always a UoL'er (not sure if that is an official term but I'm going to use it anyway) as your alma mater stays with you. It's great to see the university develop and give back to others when you were in their exact position. I'm a big believer in what goes around comes around so pay it forward as that helps to make the world a better place.
What else at the university has supported you to get where you are today?
The careers service and all the resources it has. We have alumni in all types of jobs and there will be someone working at a place you want to go. Use the career service to contact alumni and reach out directly on LinkedIn. You are part of a university steeped in history so need to make the most of it.
Finally, anymore highlights of your time at Leicester?
One of them was being active with Enactus and growing the society. it became one of the most active societies at the university creating social enterprise projects that were helping people in the UK and around the world. it was really fulfilling and I got to develop key skills which I use to this day.