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Zainab Hussain

Zainab has been awarded the Barry and Ann Walker prize for her achievements.

Zainab Hussain

BA (Hons) Business Management

I thought business management would give me a broader insight into the industry and then I could get a feel for all aspects of business.

Why business management?

I wasn't sure what kind of area of business I wanted to go into. I thought business management would give me a broader insight into the industry and then I could get a feel for all aspects of business.

Best thing about Teesside?

The best thing about studying at Teesside is the opportunities that have opened up to me. I’ve worked as a student ambassador and a course representative. I’ve also represented the Business School at the Emirates Stadium in London, showcasing the SimVenture business simulation, which is a software used to enhance student learning and progression.

I have provided student input on the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework study, completed a Gold Standard Employability Award, and I’m currently working as a student researcher to enhance international student experiences.

I have also been awarded the Barry and Ann Walker prize for my achievements at the end of my second year, acknowledged for coming top on the Leadership and Mentoring module.

Favourite module?

My favourite module has been the Enterprise and Practice module – it had a combination of academic challenges and practical business focus. The regional director of Hays Recruitment gave us a company brief, outlining a business problem. We had to conduct thorough research across seven weeks to assist the business in overcoming their organisational issue.

We created a business model canvas, PESTLE analysis and a poster which included key recommendations for the business to implement into their daily practice. The module gave me fundamental business knowledge, as well as transferrable skills such as networking, interpersonal skills and team working strategies. As a result of my hard work, I was offered a summer position as a recruitment resource, which gave me an insight into how the practical business world operates.

Tell us about the placement

There were so many benefits to undertaking a placement. I gained specific skills related to successful business practice, as well as employability skills required for the world of work. I increased my knowledge of the wider recruitment industry, which will allow me to make better-informed decisions about career choices.

I was responsible for candidate management, database maintenance, quality compliance assurance and consultant support.