Faraz is studying our MSc Human Resource Management. Faraz came to Strathclyde after working in a small charity hospital in Pakistan where he discovered a real interest in Human Resource Management, Here, he tells us more about his experience at Strathclyde...
What were you doing before the MSc?
About 21 years ago I studied for my Scottish Highers at Hamilton Grammar School in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. For my undergraduate I studied Political Science at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan after which I completed a Masters degree from SOAS University of London in 2015. From 2016 to 2021 I worked in an administrative role in a small charity hospital in the Kaghan Valley. Much of my role involved human resource management (HRM) as well as bookkeeping. In 2020 my employer sponsored me to enrol in a four-month diploma course in Healthcare & Hospital Management. Part of the course covered HRM and this piqued my interest in HRM. I decided to pursue a specialisation in HRM, which would build on my six years of work experience at the charity hospital.
What made you take the programme? Why did you choose Strathclyde?
I applied to several programmes for HRM in the UK, USA and Canada. I choose Strathclyde because it was highly ranked in the Guardian University Guide. I decided on Strathclyde because of the University’s stellar reputation, with a business school which is triple-accredited. I also chose Strathclyde because it was in Glasgow and I wanted to study in Scotland again.
What has been your experience of the classes?
I found the course to be extremely well designed. I was impressed with the responsiveness of lecturers to student queries. I was particularly impressed with how the course was not just academic in nature but focused on real world workplace issues. My course being associated with a CIPD certification was also an added reason for choosing Strathclyde.
How does the course fit into your longer aspirations for study/career in the future?
My hope is to specialize within HRM and find a job in the HR field.
Is there anything you would especially recommend about the course/classes?
I would especially recommend the course MSc Human Resource Management because it straddles the academic and also the workplace.
What is it like to be a student at Strathclyde and in the city of Glasgow?
I thoroughly enjoyed my course at Strathclyde and would highly recommend it especially for international students. For the majority of my course I lived in a small village in the western edge of Glasgow near Paisley. I thoroughly enjoyed the village life and found the people to be friendly and accepting.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
My advice to prospective students would be to get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible.