Muhammad Atif Ur Rahman

Karachi, Pakistan

Before joining LSE, I was living in Karachi working as an IT Lecturer at the top university. I chose LSE because of its world-class reputation and also because the HR programme at the School covered both company orientation and international employment relations world-wide.  

On arrival at LSE, I found it to be rigorous, daunting, intense and fast-paced, especially for master’s students. However, the teachers, Students’ Union, well-being advisers, and various other university staff all helped me efficiently and productively adapt to my new surroundings.

From an academic perspective, listening and taking part in the discussions with LSE's professors was an honour in itself. The professors' knowledge was unique and unparalleled. For example, my supervisor, Dr. Richard Hyman, then Director of Research in the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group, is like the prophet of Industrial Relations! Socially, I enjoyed the parties in the Underground Bar, receptions, careers events, and tons of Students’ Union activities. As I was living in an LSE residence, Bankside House, I also had a great social life there, in the music and computer rooms, in the theatre and playing games such as billiards.  

I now run two companies, positions my LSE education helps me succeed in. Studying at the School made me a strategic thinker with a rational approach and taught me the importance of adapting to  rapid technological change. An LSE degree doesn’t only help you get a good job, it also gives you skills that have an overall positive impact on your whole life.

With its world-class research, it’s amazing public lectures, its prime location in London, and its incredible cultural diversity, LSE is unique. Personally I don’t think any bright young student can afford to miss it.



MSc International Employment Relations & Human Resource Management, 2009