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Iqbal Aktar

Career Path: Senior Assistant Secretary & Additional District Magistrate, Government of Bangladesh
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Civil Service-BCS (Administration) Cadre is the elite cadre service in Bangladesh. It is the ranked number one government service in Bangladesh. I joined the service in 2008 and since then I have been Assistant Commissioner (Assistant Secretary) in three districts in Bangladesh. I also served as Assistant Land Commissioner in a Sub-District. I had also been rendering my job as an Executive Magistrate for nearly nine and a half year.

Presently I am based in the Appellate Authority of District Magistracy. My judicial rank is Additional District Magistrate. I chose this path of service because it is the best cherished line of service to make policy and implement it for the greatest sake of the countrymen in Bangladesh. My one-year full time Masters degree from Northumbria has broadened my vision and outlook in my service. I am motivated enough to render my service more sincerely and in a more innovative way.

What are you doing now?Iqbal Aktar

I am Senior Assistant Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

A vibrant campus and a calm life in the lap of nature.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Everything is fascinating - the lectures, seminars and cultural activities.

How connected was your course with industry?

The content on the course linked well to both my present and previous job posts.

What was the best thing about your course?

It changed my outlook - whilst on my course I got a promotion in my service, it was a memorable milestone in my life.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

My degree from Northumbria has added something special in my career, it always bears an extra weight in my promotion and current job post.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Working in team and the value of working hard.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The facilities in the library.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

It's a friendly environment and beautiful city.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

A meaningful 365 days.

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