Meet Hassan Rauf
Hassan Rauf, BSc Business and Economics tells us about studying at Salford, being elected as student rep and working at HMRC
Why did you choose to study Business and Economics at the University of Salford?
I really enjoyed studying Business and Economics during my A-levels as I could associate what I learned to real-life situations and understand the practical application of these from a production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services perspective. Studying BSc Business and Economics at Salford Business School allowed me to gain invaluable insight into important issues challenging government and business leaders, while learning how companies operate internally and within a global marketplace.
What was the highlight of your time on the programme?
During my last year I studied Business Forecasting and International Finance modules which involved delivering reports using the latest global economic data and presenting your findings using statistical software known as STATA. These two modules allowed me to develop strong numerical and analytical skills required to analyse financial data and finish recommendations to stakeholders to make effective decisions.
Did you get involved in any University activities or societies? How did that help you in your studies or subsequent career?
I was elected to represent students for two consecutive years, playing a vital role for the University to improve student satisfaction and other associated issues. I was also the Vice President and Co-Founder of Salford University Business Society with an aim to increase student commercial awareness and employability skills.
I participated in the National Mentoring Consortium (NMC) programme, designed to help students from disadvantaged and ethnic backgrounds to gain insight and mentored by experienced professionals from industries they are interested in. These opportunities allowed me to develop strong leadership and communication skills which are vital in the current competitive market. The Dean of Business School recognised my role at the University and I was awarded The Dean’s Award for two successive years.
What are you doing now?
After completing BSc Business and Economics, I was offered a summer internship at HMRC, Manchester. I’m currently working as a Compliance Process Policy and Guidance Officer, working on HMRC’s strategic objective of Transformation by building digital future for taxpayers.
How do you think the programme at Salford will benefit you in your career?
Studying Business and Economics at the University of Salford enabled me to develop both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and abilities to make an impact on my professional career.
Would you recommend the University of Salford to potential students and why?
In an increasingly competitive global job market, a degree from the University of Salford will help you to develop key skills required to enhanced your career development and be part of a great student community. Salford offers a range of opportunities to its students such as a placement years, study abroad and languages. The University of Salford has got something to offer for everyone, so I would highly recommend studying here.