Tartan Talks August 2017

Information systems grads trace professional success to CMU-Q

Ammar Abouelghar and Sara Mustafa returned to CMU-Q to share their experiences in the professional world with current students. Abouelghar and Mustafa, both 2014 graduates from the Information Systems Program, spoke at Tartan Talks, a roundtable series where alumni offer advice, insight and inspiration to students.

The discussion was moderated by Selma Limam Mansar, associate dean for education and teaching professor of information systems. Limam Mansar welcomed Abouelghar and Mustafa back to CMU-Q and encouraged students to ask questions about navigating the transition from academic to professional life.

“We are honored to have these two accomplished graduates join us this afternoon to share what they have learned with our students,” commented Limam Mansar.

Abouelghar now works as the senior design and digital marketing supervisor at Qatar Financial Center. He credits the variety of his undergraduate learning, both in and out of the classroom, to his professional success.

“The roots of what I do in the corporate world can be traced back to CMU-Q. Take advantage of the opportunities presented because you won’t realize how useful they are until you’ve graduated,” Abouelghar emphasized.

Mustafa, a UX designer and product management analyst at Al Jazeera Media Network, focused on the role of internships as students build career experience: “Keep an open mind when applying for jobs and to try your hand at different industries and roles. Be pro-active during internships to ensure you make a lasting impression on the company.”

Looking back, Mustafa noted that her honors thesis, which delved into design accessibility for people with special needs, was a particularly valuable learning experience.

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