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My CUH story – Taslima Begum-Miah

Taslima is an apprentice administrator here at CUH. We talked to her as part of our Eid celebrations.

We talked to Taslima Begum-Miah as part of our Eid celebrations

We talked to Taslima Begum-Miah as part of our Eid celebrations


Taslima, what’s your role in our hospitals?

I’m an apprentice administrator for the work opportunities team. My apprenticeship training helps me improve my skills and it also ensures that the skills I develop align with the organisation’s future requirements.

What do you enjoy most about your role and working at CUH?

I enjoy attending careers fairs and events as I get to meet lots of new people who are still in education, or those who are unemployed but looking into doing apprenticeships. I particularly enjoy promoting what apprenticeships are and advising people of the various apprenticeship options that are available here at CUH. I would definitely endorse CUH as a potential career choice.

Tell us about your CUH journey

I joined CUH in September 2021 when I was 16 years old, so this is my first job.

I didn’t want to follow the traditional route of going to college after leaving secondary school. I was really keen to get into the working environment at a young age so I thought an apprenticeship would be best for me.

What does a usual day look like?

A usual day for me is in the office, preparing work experience placements for students. This includes making up work experience packages with all the required forms, such as confidentiality forms for example. I also take any opportunities that I get asked to do, particularly if I’ve never done it before as I am keen to learn. I also do a lot of promotion work for my team and advertise different apprenticeship vacancies on Twitter.

How do you feel your role benefits our patients?

I do not specifically deal with patients, but I do feel like my job is rewarding for CUH. My role helps to promote apprenticeships, which in turn helps CUH hire more staff, which then has a positive impact on our patients.

This week we’re celebrating Eid al-Adha at CUH. What does this mean to you?

Eid is a very significant celebration for all Muslims around the world. Eid al-Adha is a festival that reminds Muslims the story about the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when our God ordered him to. Furthermore Eid al-Adha is all about sacrificing, so we do animal sacrifices and feed everyone with the animal we sacrificed.

We take advantage of the three days we get to celebrate by getting together with all our friends and family.

We celebrate together and eat a lot of traditional meals. We also like giving money to the little children and gifting presents to our loved ones. Most families like to participate in Secret Eidi to get everyone closer, happier and have fun.

Eid for me personally means seeing my family and friends, using the excuse to dress up in cultural outfits, getting my henna done. It’s all about fun activities with close individuals and making memories.

I will be celebrating Eid by spending time with my close loved ones and giving out lots of presents. I like to make sure everyone is happy. Most importantly we’ll be eating lots of food!