1. Tell us about yourself.
Originally from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, I read Law at ARU between 2010 and 2014. Currently, I am based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where I work as a Legal Manager for mega-event, Expo 2020.
2. What is your fondest memory at Anglia Ruskin University?
I have a lot of great memories from my time at ARU. I met many amazing people – not just students but also staff and lecturers. People like Roger Thomas, Andrew Gilbert, Tom Serby, and Pierluigi Congedo made studying at the university so much more engaging than what it could have been without them.
3. What has been your favourite job?
I have been lucky enough to have had some great roles since leaving university. I also feel grateful for each one of them as, collectively, they helped me tremendously to get to the current point in my career. But if I had to choose one, I would probably say my current job at Expo 2020 is my favourite just because of its grandeur as a project.
4. In one word, how would you describe Anglia Ruskin University
5. How did your time at Anglia Ruskin help you?
Granted, the theoretical legal knowledge that I gained at the university comes in handy from time to time even now despite the fact that the law is constantly evolving. But, beyond that, the extracurricular activities that I got involved with while at the university really helped me develop my interpersonal skills.
6. What did you love about your chosen course?
I loved every single Contract Law lecture of Roger Thomas. He was a legendary figure at ARU.
7. What advice would you give to current students as they're preparing to graduate?
We are living in a difficult economic climate right now, so do not be too harsh on yourselves if you have not managed to secure your “dream” job yet. Sometimes you will need time to figure out your own paths. Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do!
8. What do you know now that you wish you had known whilst studying?
Start networking as soon as possible and try to build long-term relationships with people from your preferred industry.
9. Who was the biggest influence on your career?
It would be impossible for me to single out just one person because I have come across and worked with some incredible lawyers so far in my career. The two people I would like to specifically mention, though, are Adam McCartney and Duffey Asher with whom I worked at V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and at Expo 2020, respectively.
10. What advice would you give your younger self?
Persevere and be patient – everything will be okay!
11. Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.
Even before I wanted to be a lawyer, I wanted to be a hip-hop artist. I even formed a hip-hop group with a couple of my childhood friends, but it was a short-lived venture for many reasons, not least the musical talent!
12. What's next?
I recently completed the Legal Practice Course and picked up a Masters in Law award along the way, so, from a professional point of view, the next step for me is to train and be admitted as an England & Wales solicitor. My long-term ambition is to work in the sports industry, but more specifically in football. It is my favourite sport, so being part of it, hopefully, in a legal capacity, would be a dream come true.