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Newsha Nosrati – Consultant

Travelling the world

I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and I lived there for 25 years of my life where I studied Mathematics and Physics major in high school and achieved two international diplomas in IT.

In December 2007, I left Iran for Malaysia to study Information Systems in the Faculty of Computer Science on Lancaster University Campus and in July 2011 I graduated with a Bachelor degree.

While looking for related jobs in my field of study, I taught English for two years and it was during that time I met my other half, Martin, and in 2013 we decided to leave Malaysia and move to Europe to be nearer both our families. We got married in April 2014 in Martin’s home country of Slovakia and enjoyed six months of a very beautiful spring and summer thinking what was next for us.

I faced a big challenge to find a job in Slovakia due to the language barrier and as a result we decided that an English-speaking country would offer more opportunities, so we moved to Edinburgh in September 2014. I spent the first eight months working in retail as a customer service agent and at the same time I was looking for graduate positions related to my field of study.

My first few months at Arum

It was on Adopt, an Intern website, that I found the Arum job advertisement for an analyst role and after a successful interview I joined Arum in September 2015.

During my induction and initial program I got to learn about the industries they work in, went through some systems general knowledge and getting to know more about Arum’s world through their digital knowledge base and meeting with Arum people. Once I had successfully completed my initial program, I was ready join my first client site as a member of the business system development support team to support various software applications.

What I love about working here

However, to be able to do the job and getting a grasp of how things work, there is a lot to learn and that’s the fascinating aspect of this job. I have found Arum a stimulating team to be part of and what appeals to me the most is that everyone in the company is approachable no matter of their rank or position. Arum consists of intellectual, talented and friendly people who share great knowledge and experience in a wide range of subjects and, more importantly, they are always willing to give their support and point me in the right direction.

As a consultant you have to accept that the job involves travelling and, for the first six months, I was traveling to the client site before I was relocated closer to home. However, there were agreements for us to be on site for only three weeks out of four and to work from home on Fridays, so it really helped my work/life balance during that time.

Working within a team where we are not sharing the same location doesn’t mean that we are not in touch. We have a chatroom set up and use WebEx for team calls during the week which are open to any discussion. All this comes in extremely useful when people are not geographically in the same place and allows us to feel that we are all part of the same team.

Almost four years on from my induction I can truly say that I made an excellent decision in joining Arum for my career, my personal development and my work/life balance.

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