Interview: Muktar Ahmed

Muktar Ahmed was a student at Petroc between 2011 to 2015. He is now studying at the University of Plymouth and running his own event photography business. Jum Fernandez catches up with him to see what he is up to.

Jum Fernandez: What years were you a student at Petroc?
Muktar Ahmed: I have been a student at Petroc from September 2011 until June 2015. I studied the Level 3 BTEC Business and Foundation Degree in Business throughout this time, which were two years each.

What are you studying now?
I am currently studying BA (Hons) Business Administration at Plymouth University.

I understand you are a freelance graphic designer and photographer, did studying Business Administration at Petroc help you set your business up?
It has helped to some extent. My Business Administration courses has more focus managing a business, but the finance related elements of my course was particularly helpful in setting up my business.

Did studying at Petroc prepare you for the lifestyle and workload that going to Plymouth University to get your BA (Hons) in Business Administration entailed?
I think studying at Petroc prepared me very well. Last year, I actually did two courses simultaneously; as well as the Foundation Degree, I also completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. Because of this, I had a heavy workload and I found it challenging at times. However, this was useful experience especially since the final year at Plymouth University has a similar workload in some ways, so to get a feel of what it could be like in terms of workload was helpful.

As a final year student, I and others found that the lifestyle most of the time is focused around trying to complete the year with a good degree classification. This was something Petroc encouraged students to do, especially in terms of giving tips and feedback on how to achieve higher marks on an individual basis. I say this because in Plymouth, the much larger class sizes makes you ‘one in a crowd’ so it’s not always possible to get individual feedback. So the quality and provision at Petroc – which I think is much better – prepares you quite well for what’s ahead.

What are you hoping to do after you finish your degree at Plymouth?
My positive experience of studying at Petroc and enthusiasm for business has led me to explore career opportunities in further and higher education, as well as human resource management. I plan to work within one of these after finishing my degree.


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