Staff Spotlight on... Hajraah Qureshi

Hajraah Qureshi, Administrative Assistant & Higher Modern Apprentice, Faculty of Engineering and Design

I started in December 2015 on a level 2 apprenticeship, this was then extended after a year to a level 3. It’s a combination of coursework alongside the job and I am the first ever administration modern apprentice at the University.

What piece of advice would you like to give to a student?

Listen to your lecturers. I’ve spent some time on the department enquires desk and lots of students would come in asking for deadline extensions. If you don’t listen, you miss deadlines and it just makes extra work for yourself.

Name one thing that makes you feel proud to work at the University of Bath?

The placements we offer. I worked with the faculty placements team and the opportunities they provide for students to apply their knowledge in real world situations is so valuable.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A voice actor. When I was little I used to make loads of funny voices and picked up accents really easily. I was destined to work in cartoons.

What’s the one thing you know now that you wish you’d known when you were younger?

It’s more what I am learning now, especially from travelling here. I used to walk 15 minutes to my local school and it felt like a bubble, now I get the train from Bristol and I’ve realised I have so much more independence now than I thought.

What was your first job?

This one!

What’s your favourite book?

The whole Harry Potter series but particularly The Prisoner of Azkaban. This is the one where it deepens with so many new plot lines.

When are you happiest?

At home with my family. I’m one of six siblings and we try to always sit down for a family meal together. There’s a lot of overlapping conversations going on at the same time.

What one superpower would you like to possess?

Shape shifting, it’d be interesting to see things from someone else’s point of view.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I seem calm and assured in work, but when I get home I act like a kid again.

Tell us your favourite joke

It’s more a riddle – when is a door not a door? When it’s ajar!

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