Alumni volunteer spotlight on Farah Saleh
Farah Saleh graduated from the University in 2013 with a BSc in Computing and Information Systems and has been working in the digital industry ever since.
In her free time, she mentors young graduates through DEXA’s Global Mentorship Program, blogs on her website and volunteers with the University as an Alumni Ambassador.
We caught up with Farah recently to learn about her experiences as an Alumni Ambassador and to hear her advice for current students and those who have recently completed their studies.
"I originally applied to be an Alumni Ambassador as I believe in giving back to society through education and mentoring. As an Ambassador I represent the University by answering questions from prospective and current students around my own personal study and the University’s digital related courses.I assist students by offering advice on what they may need to know, and do, in order to excel.
Students get in touch with me to ask a range of questions, including seeking information my experience of studying a BSc in Computing and Information Systems. Distance and flexible learners typically have many other responsibilities beyond their education and I am often contacted about how they should best balance their workload.
As an Ambassador, I am also contacted by students to enquire about study hints and tips for their course. I think being disciplined and organised, by knowing your best hours to work and being able to commit to that time, really helps.
Try to create study groups and engage in deep, insightful conversations and debates with your peers. Working on your business communication skills and knowing how you can apply your skillset to your professional life will help you once you have graduated.
When I first started out in the digital industry I didn’t know much or have any mentoring to benefit from. You have to experiment, ask people for advice and don’t be afraid to make mistakes so that you can learn from them. That is what got me where I am today.
In giving advice to recent graduates I would say to reach out and seek a mentor. I am a mentor and advisory member at GDEXA, but I would encourage them to join any mentoring platform to stay ahead of the game and upskill oneself.
Stay focused and dedicate a couple of hours per day, which equates to 10 hours per week, to learn those new skills. Make sure to get to know your sector to understand current news and upcoming trends - I find podcasts can help massively with this. Lastly, I would say to network and learn from others but also to take more risks. If you want to do something, do it!"
You can find out more about the University’s Alumni Ambassador Programme. The 2021 application process to become an Alumni Ambassador will open later this year.