An economics student who doubted he would ever get to university is set to begin his dream career after joining De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) through Clearing.
Being concerned he wouldn’t get the right grades Rahul Mali at first chose not to apply to university after finishing his A-levels.
Rahul (third from left, bottom row) with the DMU cricket team
Now he’s landed a place on a competitive graduate programme run by a global IT giant Atos. He will be a brand consultant helping companies transform their business digitally.
Rahul has embraced life at DMU, joining DMU Cricket – currently basking in back-to-back Varsity wins – and becoming a volunteer through DMU Square Mile, the university’s scheme to share the skills of staff and students to benefit the community.
He gave up his time to support the Rik Basra Leukaemia Trust and DMU Square Mile’s record-breaking stem cell recruitment drive which saw 1,000 people join the Anthony Nolan stem cell register in one day.
And he also helped another good cause when he joined DMU Cricket for their Barbados tour run through DMU’s international experience scheme #DMUglobal.
Rahul, who graduates next month, said: “My time at De Montfort has been brilliant. I don’t think I would have done better any where else!”
He contacted DMU’s Clearing hotline in 2013 after doing better than expected in his A-levels. He wanted to study Economics and DMU was among a handful of universities he considered.
Rahul made the choice to study in Leicester in 2013 as he had family in the city who had previously studied here.
“I chose De Montfort because of two factors; the standard of research conducted by the university and rave reviews by someone I knew who attended.”
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, Rahul had the chance to do a placement year and secured 12 months working with IT company Atos.
He impressed his bosses so much during his time there that they suggested he apply for their graduate programme – and he was accepted.
Rahul is now looking forward to graduations but has many great memories of DMU. He said: “I worked in various charity projects for Anthony Nolan and was lucky to meet footballer Emile Heskey during this. I have also set a proposal in works to set up a volunteering/coaching relationship between DMU cricket and Leicestershire Cricket Academy.
“My experience with #DMUglobal was to take part in the cricket tour, so we all went to Barbados and spent a couple weeks there. We are doing the same this year to help raise money for the charity United through Sport.”
Posted on Thursday 1st June 2017