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UEL economics alumnus earns 'employee of the year' at Sparta Global

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Graduate keeps winning streak going

From humble beginnings; Manvir Brar graduated from the University of East London in 2018 with a degree in economics, making him the first-degree holder in his family. He began his journey at the University with a foundation degree in media, having taken a gap year from education. After speaking with several academics and student support services at the University, Manvir was impressed with what we had to offer. He was particularly keen on the location of the Docklands campus, with its stunning views of the River Thames and the Canary Wharf skyline.

Upon completion of his foundation degree Manvir decided to change the direction of his studies. Although he had no prior experience in economics, Manvir felt well supported by the University.

He said; “Being the first one in my family to go to university, I found the support from the Centre of Student Success (CfSS) was really good. They helped give me the skills needed to prepare me for my degree.”

As an example, Manvir was having difficulties with algebra and quantitative methods, but after three mentoring sessions arranged by CfSS he was much more confident with his mathematic skills.

During his time at the University, Manvir immersed himself in all that University had to offer including the opportunity to travel to Thailand and Sweden as part of the University of East London's Going Global scheme and competed in the University Trading Championships where the University came third. He also acted as a student ambassador for the University where he was able to teach economics to 16 and 17 year olds, who were not interested in going to university prior to the mentorship. Manvir said all of the above helped boost his confidence.

Manvir is currently working at Sparta Global as a graduate technical consultant after being head hunted from a  graduate careers fair he attended in his second year and has said how happy he is to be working for such a reputable IT company in London. He has now been given an employee of the year award.

Manvir finished University with two dean awards, one for best student in economics, and one for best undergraduate student overall. He is a testament for all those who doubt themselves or their abilities, that with the right support and guidance, anything is achievable!

When asked what piece of advice he would give to prospective students and those interested in economics Manvir said, “My advice is to take part in as many extracurricular activities as possible and use the library for extra support.

“Students are in a position to be at the forefront of change and to be innovators. I would say learning any basic coding skills, such as Java and SQL, is helpful.”

The University recognises the need to prepare students with the skills needed for the jobs of the future and we are currently transforming the curriculum to accommodate this in line with our new Vision 2028.