When Samira started out her International Business degree at
UWE Bristol, she resolved to take on all the opportunities she could – both in
and outside of the classroom. It has taken her to places and experiences she’d
never have imagined.
From tennis to TEDx
“From the outset my degree programme had great connections
with the outside world,” says Samira. “So many organisations would come in to
deliver skills-based sessions, talk about the qualities they look for in
employees and answer our questions.”
But it was a year-long sandwich placement in London that
really took her work experience to the next step. As IBM’s Wimbledon game
supporter and devices manager, and subsequently part of the Match Analysis
team, Samira led presentations and talked tech with players, coaches and
delegates, including Lord Coe.
A subsequent trip to Dubai provided a valuable insight into
overseas operations, while an interest in languages saw Samira and a fellow
intern co-found their own Learn a Language Scheme for IBM staff.
On returning to uni, Samira soon took on a new challenge in
the form of organising UWE Bristol’s second-ever TEDx event. “It was a lot to
do in my final year!” she says. “But I learned a lot about leadership and
project management, and it opened some amazing doors.” The event attracted
noteworthy speakers and sold out on the night, receiving a 96% ‘delighted’
score from TED as a result.
perspective on business
Wanting to hone her leadership skills further, Samira
decided to stay on at UWE Bristol after graduation and study for an MBA. “It
was one of the best decisions I ever made,” she says. “It was 12 months of very
intense work, but it was eye-opening in the sense that it elevated everything
I’d learnt in my degree.”
The course attracts students from all over the world, making
it an ideal setting for sharing new ideas and practices, which Samira found
particularly valuable. Her hard work and commitment were recognised when she was
presented with The Bristol Business School Award for Best Performance in the
MBA on graduation.
At the beginning of 2018, part-way through her MBA, Samira received
a message on LinkedIn. A recruiter for Just Eat, a leading global marketplace
for takeaway food delivery, liked the look of her profile, and wanted to see if
she was interested in a graduate role based at the company’s tech hub in
Bristol. Samira jumped at the opportunity.
Now several months into her new job, she’s learning fast.
“As a graduate associate product manager, I’m the person who has to understand
the product inside out,” she explains. “It’s a really varied role – I have an
overview of what the whole team’s doing, ensuring we’re all working together
and making the right decisions to ensure we’re delivering the service that
Since arriving at Just Eat, Samira has been given the
opportunity to learn how to code with CodeFirst:Girls, and has also joined Just
Eat’s Women in Tech group – an internal employee network which aims to promote
and encourage diversity.
Outside of her day-to-day job, Samira also is also helping
to inspire the next generation of tech talent as a Just Eat STEM Ambassador. As
part of the programme, Samira is one of 80 Just Eat Ambassadors, working with
young people across the country to encourage them to consider a career in STEM.
“Right now my focus is discovering what kind of product
manager I want to be,” she says. “It’s a world I didn’t know existed till
recently, but I’m very happy to start my career here and see where it takes me.
Helping inspire others to do the same is really important to me. This industry
is really exciting, and so long as you work hard, the opportunities are
Meanwhile, she’s accepted an invitation to join the Bristol
Business School Advisory Board, so UWE Bristol looks set to continue to be an
important part of Samira’s life for a long while yet.