Donor Spotlight: Mohamed Kabesh

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Graduate and Donor Mohmed
Mohamed Kabesh (MSc Information Technology 2014)

Welcome to the first instalment of ‘Donor Spotlight’. In this series, we’re diving into the inspiring stories of our global supporter community, shining a light on the invaluable contributions of our alumni and friends whose collective generosity to our Student Fund fuels aspirations and fosters opportunity for the next generation of students.

In this instalment, we speak to graduate Mohamed (MSc Information Technology 2014) who shares his experience of studying at the University of Liverpool, his journey after graduation and what inspired him to give back.

Tell us about your experience of studying at the University of Liverpool.

My experience at the University of Liverpool was exceptionally enriching and full of learning both academically and personally. The University's diverse academic environment allowed me to explore various fields and engage with lecturers who were deeply passionate about their subjects and student development. Participating in research projects offered me invaluable hands-on experience in my field of study, thanks to the university's strong emphasis on research and innovation. Beyond academics, the cultural diversity on campus was a highlight, providing me with a global perspective and lifelong friendships from around the world. The campus itself, with its mix of historic and modern architecture and excellent facilities, made everyday life comfortable and convenient.

What are you doing now post-graduation?

I am currently thriving in a career as an IT expert. The comprehensive education and hands-on experience I gained at the University of Liverpool have been instrumental in shaping my professional path. The university's rigorous curriculum and the practical application of theories in real-world scenarios have significantly enhanced my technical skills and understanding of the IT field. The exposure to a diverse set of technologies, coupled with opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research, allowed me to develop a solid foundation and a versatile skill set.

Moreover, the collaborative projects and the multicultural environment at Liverpool honed my soft skills, particularly in communication and teamwork, which are crucial in the IT industry. The network of professionals and peers I built during my time at the university has also been valuable in my career progression.

The university's reputation and emphasis on emerging IT trends and technologies played a key role in making me an attractive candidate to employers. I firmly believe that my time at the University of Liverpool opened doors for me and provided a platform from which I could launch a successful career in IT. The experiences and knowledge I gained there continue to influence my professional decisions and growth in the dynamic field of information technology.

What inspired you to donate to the Student Fund?

My decision to donate to the Student Fund this year was deeply inspired by my own experiences at the University of Liverpool, where I received tremendous support and opportunities that were pivotal in shaping my career as an IT expert. Reflecting on my journey, I realized the significant impact that access to resources, financial aid, and cutting-edge technology can have on a student's academic and professional development.

The university provided me with a solid foundation in IT, exposing me to the latest trends and technologies in the field, which directly contributed to my success today. This experience instilled in me a strong sense of gratitude and a desire to give back, ensuring that current and future students have the same, if not better, opportunities that I had.

Furthermore, understanding the challenges and financial constraints that many students face, especially in pursuing technology-related courses, motivated me to contribute to the Student Fund. I believe that by supporting the fund, I can play a part in helping to break down barriers to education, foster innovation, and empower the next generation of IT professionals. It's a way of paying it forward, acknowledging the role the University of Liverpool played in my life, and contributing to the continuous cycle of learning and growth in the IT community.

What would you say to other alumni who are thinking about donating to the Student Fund?

To other alumni considering a donation to the Student Fund, I would say: Reflect on the journey that your education has taken you on and the doors it has opened in your life. The University of Liverpool provided us with invaluable opportunities, resources, and networks that have played a significant role in shaping our careers and lives. By contributing to the Student Fund, we have the chance to give back and support the next generation of students in their academic and professional endeavours.

Donating to the Student Fund is more than just a financial contribution; it's an investment in the future. It's about providing the same opportunities that we had – or even better ones – to those who might otherwise struggle to access them. Whether it's supporting someone’s ground-breaking research, helping a student afford essential course materials, or contributing to state-of-the-art facilities, our donations can make a tangible difference in students' lives.

Moreover, this is an opportunity to strengthen the community we once were a part of and to uphold the legacy of the University of Liverpool. Each contribution, no matter its size, helps in fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and innovative learning environment. So, if you're in a position to do so, I encourage you to consider making a donation. It's a meaningful way to show gratitude for our own experiences and to ensure that others can enjoy the same high-quality education and opportunities we had.

Do you have any advice for current students studying at Liverpool?

Certainly! At the University of Liverpool, you have a wonderful opportunity to shape your future in a vibrant and dynamic environment. It's important to fully immerse yourself in the learning experience, embracing the wide range of courses and academic resources available to broaden your horizons. Practical experience is just as crucial, so I encourage you to seek out internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer opportunities in your field of study. The university’s facilities, including libraries, labs, and career services, are invaluable resources you should make the most of. Attend workshops, seminars, and guest lectures to absorb knowledge from experts.

Networking is key; building connections with peers, professors, and alumni can open doors to future opportunities and provide mentorship. Don’t overlook the importance of developing soft skills like communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, which are highly valued in the professional world. Remember to engage in extracurricular activities too, as they are not only a great way to develop leadership skills but also an excellent outlet for stress relief.

While academics are important, your well-being is paramount. University life can be intense, so it’s crucial to maintain a balance and seek support when needed. Stay curious and open-minded during your studies; university is as much about personal growth as it is about academic achievement. While planning for the future is essential, don't forget to enjoy and make the most of your present experiences at university. This unique time offers opportunities for growth, learning, and creating lasting memories.

On behalf of the entire University community, we’d like to thank Mohamed for sharing his inspiring story and choosing to give back to support Liverpool students. If you would like to find out more about the Student Fund, visit our webpage.