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Zayd Maniar (BA Economics 2001)

Zayd Maniar

Tell us briefly about yourself and career.

After my graduation, I started my ACA training contract and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in August 2005. Today, as an FCA, I am the International Liaison Partner at Crowe Horwath United Arab Emirates, the 5th Largest firm in the UAE.

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

It provided a good University town life with excellent access to London. I found Economics course very appealing and was confident it would set me up for a career in the Finance World.

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

Childs Hall! I know it does not sound like much, but I had great friends, so walking around the halls was never a dull moment. There was always some around for a chat, cup of tea or walk up to the dreaded lecture hall!

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

Ensure you balance your time. University is a great place to make friends and socialise, so we have to make the most of it. But do not ignore study time. After all, that 2:1 or First is going to get you places!

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

I am now the International Liaison at Crowe Horwath UAE. By getting a 2:1, I was able to secure a training contract, which allowed me to qualify and begin a route to a career in the Audit Profession.

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

Balancing of time. Often, students spend too much time working and find that they have not built up enough social or public speaking skills, which is crucial to success today.

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

The University used to invite graduates who work in industry, so they gave us a taste of real life.

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

My favourite memory perhaps is not appropriate for this forum, but what it means to me is that the friends I made then are still my friends today. That, I think, is the best takeaway. A good degree is also a bonus!