Faisal Khan completed an MBA at Aber in 2003. In addition to his highly varied career, Faisal also acts as Aber's unofficial ambassador in Pakistan and he is willing to assist any Aber alumnus with locating and/or doing business there. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you remember most about your time at Aber?
Aber was always a dream come true for me - studying in a peaceful, lively & happening international university town. Aberystwyth – where mountains met the sea - was surrounded by relaxing but steep green hills: a sort of landlocked paradise logistically difficult to reach. These great memories have lived on since graduating. Firstly, I was always fascinated by different cultures and Aber gave me the opportunity of interacting with students from all around the world and discovering their different cultures. Secondly, university staff were very friendly and were always there to assist in time of need. Thirdly, I fell in love at first sight with the local environment. Cardigan Bay is one of a kind and walking along the shore was very relaxing & romantic. Last but not the least, the University’s Art Centre, café, and Cwrt Mawr hall of residence gave me a perfect insight into university living. Walking downtown was peaceful yet relaxing. Most of all, coming from the north of Pakistan, I loved the wet, moist & cold weather that Aber had to offer.
What are you doing now career wise and how has your Aberystwyth degree helped?
After graduating my career got a much needed boost and since then have had a diversified banking/financial services career in Pakistan. Since July 2003, I have had the opportunity to work in top tier banks like Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan Ltd, and Barclays Bank Pakistan Ltd. Now, I have become a certified Wealth Management Professional in the Banking/Financial Services sector of Pakistan. So, how has the Aber degree helped? It enabled me to adapt quickly to the management style & demands of the job market in Pakistan.
What advice do you have for a student doing your course now?
Always give 100% and work hard to achieve the impossible. Never ever be hesitant in meeting students from different backgrounds and cultures. Build up the much needed network and take advantage of all the services offered by the Careers Service and ask for help whenever you need it.