1. Tell us about yourself
My name is Aiza and I was born and raised in Kazakhstan. I graduated from ARU in 2021 with a Medical Engineering degree, and since then, have managed to land a great job at Get It Made Ltd as a Project Manager. Prior to ARU, I studied in the United States for two years, where I graduated from high school and completed a foundation year at MTU. I love staying active so I often go to the gym and I also play video games as a hobby.
2. What is your fondest memory of Anglia Ruskin University?
ARU gave me an opportunity to meet many wonderful people whom I can proudly call friends. One of my favourite memories from my time at ARU are the all-night studies with my closest friends in the library where we would spend most of our time, working on university projects.
3. What has been your favourite job?
I am very blessed to have gotten my current job as my first full-time role. I love the people I work with, and I find the job that we do very valuable and extremely interesting. This has been a great opportunity for me so far and I am learning more and more as each day goes by.
4. In one word, how would you describe Anglia Ruskin University?
5. How did your time at ARU help you?
It gave me a great foundation to find a job in engineering.
6. What did you love about your chosen course?
I appreciate my course for giving me a strong foundation where I could choose to work in engineering or to continue studying medicine.
7. What advice would you give to current students as they’re preparing to graduate?
Start applying for jobs and working on your CV early. Get as many interviews as possible, as with each interview your confidence will grow further.
8. What do you know now that you wish you had known whilst studying?
Hard work always pays off, so focus on getting the knowledge that is available at university. And I do not only mean the courses that are available to you - take advantage of the connections, build your network, join clubs and find experiences where you can.
9. Who was the biggest influence on your career?
I was an exchange student in the United States and my host father, and both of his children, were working in the engineering field; his daughter was a medical engineer. Spending time with them inspired me to pursue an education in the engineering field.
10. What advice would you give your younger self?
Rather than waiting for results, fall in love with the process. You can always make it fun :)
11. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
I want to own my own farm at some point in the future.
12. What’s next?
I'll continue to focus on my career and develop further skills that are beneficial to me being a great Project Manager!