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Eamon Alashkar (MSc Real Estate 2008)


A real estate investment specialist with over 10 years of industry experience currently based in Dubai.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

The strength and credibility of the taught programme were a primary driver, supported by the suitability for overseas student learning.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Discipline, discipline, discipline. As a distance taught student, I had to develop my own learning techniques that worked optimally for me. It was an adaptive process but I learned invaluable lessons about my own self-discipline from it.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am an entrepreneur, offering real estate investment opportunities to a network of Ultra High Net Worth Investors based out of Dubai.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

My passion for real estate has been the driving force for my career choices. For students emerging into the job market, identify where your passion lies, follow its trajectory. Don't lose sight of your targets.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

Self-discipline. Confidence in my knowledge of my chosen field. Credibility with my peers.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Real estate is a people business. Anyone can gain the knowledge that you now have. Not everyone can develop the interpersonal relationships necessary to succeed in Real Estate. Maintain integrity, honour commitments, delivery what you say you will deliver.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University has given me what is arguably the most valuable academic experience I have ever known, in that my course has taught me lessons, academic and personal, that I am grateful for and that I try to apply everyday.


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