Daniel Cowley

"There are people at MMU who have been so important to my development, who I still keep in touch with on a regular basis."
About my career

During the final year of my degree, I applied for roles in the financial services industry. This was in part due to a ‘Performance Management for Business’ module I had done during my degree. I was able to get a position at BNY Mellon online through the MMU jobs hub and regular meetings with a career advisor who provided support with mock interview questions, and information about the organisation.

My time at MMU helped shape me massively, particularly one of my personal development goals of problem solving. I have my own set of clients at BNY Mellon and each day is different, you never know what your client might ask. My problem solving ability, gained through my personal development goals allows me to react to problems and solve any issues, keeping a smooth relationship with my clients.

Another thing that particularly helped me was gaining work experience through a summer internship while at the head office of a timber company. I believe it is important to gain experience like this as it makes you stand out from the crowd.

My top tip for students is…

Be resilient. At times, it felt like I did more work on job applications than I did on my degree. It is time consuming, but the more you do the better you will become. Resilience is important, it is not often you’ll get the first job you get an interview for, but the more experience you have the better you will be.

I’m inspired by…

My father. He instilled an ethos in me that to get anywhere in life takes hard work.

Why I love Manchester Met

There are people at MMU who have been so important to my development, who I still keep in touch with on a regular basis. I was lucky enough to be invited to the ‘Made in Manchester’ awards to sit on MMU’s table.