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Mohammed Shakeel Ansari (MSc Surveying 2009)


I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (MRICS) possessing 20+ years of rich experience in the Construction industry mainly in the Middle East. In the last several years I had the opportunity to work with several prestigious organizations such as Dubai Customs, Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) and reputed Contractors in UAE. I also had the opportunity to work with Contractors in Saudi Arabia and Consultants back in India.

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

University of Reading was one of the well-known Universities providing distance learning courses in the UAE. The courses offered provided flexibility in learning for the working professionals.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Distance learning with the College of Estate Management, University of Reading was a wonderful experience. Though online, I never felt that I was studying alone. The Blackboard VLE was always very lively and the tutors were very supportive.

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

At present I am working as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in the Projects Development Department of DP World UAE Region FZE.

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

The Graduate Development Programme provided by College of Estate Management, University of Reading opened a new perspective for me to look at my profession. The APC process of RICS became so easy after that. It is the knowledge that I gained from Reading that has prompted me to pursue further studies in LLM.

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

Understand the basic fundamentals of your subject. Act like a professional, act with integrity and consistency. Try to gain membership to Professional organizations and be guided by their ethical and professional standards.

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

It was a bit unfortunate that I did not attend the full time course and couldn't make it to the convocation ceremony however, as a distance learner (student) is like a lost ship, University of Reading was a like a light house to me.

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