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Alumni Profile: Aish Malik, MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management

We recently caught up with Aish Malik, who completed the MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management degree course in 2020, to find out about her experience at Alliance MBS and what she’s been doing since graduation.

Why did you choose to study this Master’s course at Alliance Manchester Business School?

“Having identified my future career aspirations and conducted thorough research on numerous prospective postgraduate programmes, I ultimately selected the MSc Business Analysis and Strategic Management (BASM) course offered at Alliance MBS as it precisely matched my prospects, skills and future career plans in business analysis and consulting.

“Firstly, rather than just focusing on theoretical elements that dominate the business and management industry and literature, the course units have been designed to ensure students receive a balanced combination of relevant theories and a vast amount of practical skills in order to deal with real-world problems. This is achieved by working through fascinating case studies and of course, the exclusive client-facing project during the summer makes the course challenging, yet more intellectually stimulating, than other similar ones.

“Secondly, having grown up in Manchester and previously having completed my undergraduate ITMB degree here at Alliance MBS, I was well aware of the University’s academic prestige, research excellence and high ranking globally.”

What did you most enjoy about your time at Alliance MBS?

“The best thing about studying at Alliance MBS is the level of prestige and pride that comes along with being an Alliance MBS graduate. The high standard of teaching students receive from the well respected and accomplished lecturers here is truly unmatched. You can have confidence in the fact that you’re receiving an education that is rich in quality and substance.

“The lecturers are extremely supportive and always strive to go above and beyond for the students, they actively encourage you to think innovatively in order to solve challenges faced in the wider industry and provide a vast range of resources that goes beyond the lecture material, enabling you to achieve top results.”

What have you been doing since graduation – can you briefly describe your job role?

“Since graduation, I have been working at the prestigious multinational professional services firm Deloitte as a Technology Strategy and Transformation Consultant at their London headquarters.

“My role involves creating technology strategies that help clients establish technical credibility, drive business value, accelerate products and services, improve operations, increase customer engagement, and maximize the ROI on technology investments.”

How has your time at Alliance MBS helped you in your current role?

“During my time at Alliance MBS, I gained a range of vital skills that have helped me settle into my new role successfully. The skill of taking a holistic approach, being self-reliant to tackle challenges and arrive at solutions has benefited me a great deal.

“Additionally, I was given many responsibilities. The ability to prioritise and balance various projects and time frames has allowed me to juggle different work assignments with conflicting deadlines with ease.

“As a graduate consultant, I have to work in teams to deliver solutions for clients. Fortunately whilst at University I had the opportunity to work on a large number of group projects which have enabled me to learn how to articulate my ideas well and work collaboratively towards a common goal.”

What advice would you give to those considering studying at Alliance Manchester Business School?

My advice for prospective students is to research the University thoroughly and identify the most appropriate Master’s degree for yourself. A Master’s degree requires a lot of commitment and hard work, so make sure that you choose a course that you’re truly passionate about and one that will enhance your future career prospects.

“You should definitely reach out to the current students and alumni if you have any questions – we’re all keen to help you make the right choice for your future. Alliance MBS is one of the top schools, not just in the UK, but also in Europe with world-class facilities, exceptionally qualified lecturers, a remarkable range of courses and an extremely supportive student community, so you definitely won’t regret the time you spend here.”

What are your future aspirations?

“My current plan for the near future is to invest in my professional development and upgrade my knowledge. This includes working with new methodologies and developing my technical skills by gaining technical qualifications as this will increase the level of responsibilities awarded to me at work and will broaden the breadth of solutions I can recommend to clients as well as the opportunities available to me as a technology consultant.”