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Adam Suleiman

Career Path: Project Specialist, Urban Foresight
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I left university without a specific career in mind, Geogrpahy gave me a broad skill set and knowledge base - I just wanted to find something I was passionate about and that I could apply them to. I worked at Northumbria after studying, gaining work experience and developing my transferable skills. I kept in touch with a network of staff and alumni which led me directly into my current role.

What are you doing now?

My present role is focused on managing projects including policy research, feasibility studies and commercialisation strategies covering future city challenges related to transport, energy, the environment, economic development and innovation.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Ultimately it all came down to the course content - Geography at Northumbria had the most diverse and engaging sounding modules compared to other universities. At the open day the accessibility of City Campus West and modernity of facilities was also very attractive.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Teaching on the Geography programme was delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, group work and field work. The field work in particular is very rewarding as it allows you to apply what you've learnt in lectures in real-life situations.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

Their passion for the subject and commitment to our learning experience.

How connected was your course with industry?

There were options to undertake industry placements and primary teaching, we visited industry professionals and heard interesting guest lectures.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

It helped me develop a broad transferable skill set.

What was the best thing about your course?

It was inspiring.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

My degree taught me to think critically, a skill that I use on a daily basis in my employment and personal life. It also encouraged me to think about the interconnectedness of the world and appreciate how the social, economic, environmental and political elements of everyday life can be interpreted and critiqued through different lenses.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words before coming to Northumbria?

Cautious, excited, curious

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after completing your first year at Northumbria?

Engaged, relieved, enthusiastic

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after you graduated at Northumbria?

Accomplished, prepared, ambitious

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The whole package - teaching, facilities, location, peers.

What Advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria? 

Focus on the content of your couse above anything else - it's the main reason you're there. Will you enjoy it? Does it sound interesting? Make sure you visit your campus, get a real feel for what it would be like to live and/or study there.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words? 

Rewarding, memorable, inspiring.

For more information about me see:

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/adam-suleiman/aa/87a/620 Twitter: @adam_suleiman

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