Student name: Mwasi Madati
Course title: BSc Economics
Year of graduation: 2007
Current employer: Property Market Consult Limited
Graduating with a Bsc from Cardiff University, Mwasi started off as a credit analyst in the African Banking Corporation. She now uses her critical skills honed in the financial sector to make sound investment decisions in the real estate sector. She aspires to run companies offering both real estate services and real estate development in the future.
Why did you choose Cardiff University to do your BSc?
Cardiff University stood out at the time when I was applying for university for my BSc. It was one of the top business schools in the UK. This aspect attracted me as well as the fact that it offered a BSc in Banking and Finance, which few universities did at that time.
Another reason was the fact that it came highly recommended from a cousin who was an alumnus of Cardiff University.
Do you think Cardiff University equipped you with the necessary skills for your job?
Definitely. It equipped me with a degree from a highly respected university that has world-wide recognition. It provided me with a base to diversify into other sectors, and not just banking or finance.
Did you enjoy the degree? Did you learn a lot that was useful to your later work?
I did enjoy my time at Cardiff University very much. I enjoyed the courses and the learning environment was ideal for me. The degree prepared me for any challenge, as the degree offered me with various modules such as management that diversified my knowledge base.
You were a credit analyst for three years before recently switching to the real estate sector. How are you settling in?
I was in the banking industry for three years working as a Credit Analyst. I learnt a lot in these three years and banking offered me a glimpse into many industries. I was drawn into the real estate sector as it promises a dynamic career with an opportunity to grow and contribute to real estate growth in my hometown Dar es Salaam.
In order to understand the real estate industry, I have undertaken an MSc in Real Estate at our local university. After more than a year in the industry, my banking and finance background has provided me with an added advantage as I am able to make a critical analysis in all decisions involving investments of the company. It enables me to look at all decisions from a risk perspective.
What does your job entail now? What are your responsibilities?
I work for our family owned company that offers real estate consultancy services and at the same time, I am working to start a real estate development company. My job at the moment is twofold. One involves planning, sourcing funds and overlooking development projects for a newly set up real estate development company. The other involves overlooking a department that offers real estate management services.
What important lessons did you learn in Cardiff (academic or otherwise) do you carry with you until today?
Work hard, play hard. I still remember the slogan, and aspire to put it to practice at all times.
Do you have any words of wisdom to share with prospective students who are thinking about coming to Cardiff?
Cardiff is a great opportunity that provides you with a diverse learning environment.