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University graduate builds future with the Yorkshire

3 December 12

An economics graduate has gone back to university to share his experiences of the world of work with students.

Yorkshire Building Society management trainee Qamar Yaunos, 23, graduated from the University of Bradford in 2010 with a degree in economics and returned to talk to current economics undergraduates about how they can use their qualifications in financial services, and explain more about how building societies differ from banks.

Earlier this year the university celebrated its place in The Sunday Times University Guide 2013 as number one in Yorkshire for graduate-level jobs, and placed in the top 20 nationally.

Qamar was keen to stay in Yorkshire when he started looking for work. He lives with his family in Rotherham and helps to care for his sister, who is disabled.

He worked elsewhere in the financial services industry in Yorkshire before moving to his current role, with Barnsley Building Society within the Yorkshire Building Society Group.

"I stayed in touch with my lecturer, Dr Gary Slater, after graduating and he invited me back to speak to current students.

"The university gives you advice about how to become employable - once you're working you realise you're using your skills rather than just your knowledge.

"One reason I was attracted to the Yorkshire was that it has its head office here, when a lot of other institutions are based in London, and I want to balance my family and career.

"The Society is expanding, there are more opportunities to progress and the business is supportive of future development."

3 December 12

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