Meet Ramat Tejani who has taken the technology industry by storm on an international level since graduating. She is currently an Inclusion and Diversity Programme Lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
|Current job role||Inclusion and Diversity Programme Lead|
|Year of graduation||2008|
|Course of study||BA(Hons) International Business with Study Abroad Year|
Applying through Clearing
While studying for her A-levels, Ramat was involved in a serious car accident which led to her having a significant amount of time out of school. Unfortunately, the accident consequently affected her grades and she didn’t get into her first choice of university. Ramat then contacted the University of Hertfordshire through the Clearing process.
She says, ‘When I spoke to the representative at University of Hertfordshire, she was keen to understand what I was interested in before suggesting a course. I shared my love of geography, business and French and she told me about the BA (Hons) International Business course. It was everything I could want in a degree. The fact that it included a compulsory year abroad definitely helped me with my final decision!’
University life and experience
Due to the diversity of her course, Ramat not only learned about traditional business topics, but also gained an understanding of the importance of culture and psychology in business. She says that this has had a profound impact on her career as she was ‘really able to identify which parts of business I enjoyed and could excel at and which elements just weren’t my cup of tea.’ This was aided by a supportive learning environment in the form of lecturers, her fellow students and the Learning Resource Centres.
Throughout her time at university, Ramat embraced every opportunity presented to her, from being part of the leadership team for the Afro-Caribbean society, studying abroad for a year and participating in the reverse mentoring programme between students and University of Hertfordshire senior leadership team. She says, ‘All these things gave me the confidence to face life outside of university with my head high despite it being the height of the recession.’
Ramat is currently an Inclusion and Diversity Programme Lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS) where her responsibilities include increasing and retaining female talent in the tech industry. In the future, Ramat hopes to continue working in the technology industry because she is fascinated by how technology changes lives.
Outside of work, she is also the founder of The Inspiration Box. Through The Inspiration Box she creates ‘online and offline spaces to encourage people to uncover, nurture and embrace their best selves.’ She hopes to continue to inspire people through this channel through different forms, including a new podcast called Growing Through Life.