Viliana Dzhartova, BSc International Business with French

“The University experience is so unique and so much richer when the university has a beautiful campus like the one UoB has.”

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Viliana graduated with BSc International Business with French in 2013 and is now an Associate for Ashoka - the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. The organisation’s mission is to create an ‘Everyone A Changemaker’ world, where people can access the skills and confidence they need to bring positive change to their society.

My career

I have always been passionate about the social entrepreneurship and social innovation sector and here I am now - working for the organisation which started the whole social entrepreneurship movement 35 years ago.

My job within Ashoka focuses on social innovation in education. I am working on creating a network of forward-looking primary and secondary school and universities who are revolutionizing learning, allowing them to interact and exchange ideas. My job at Ashoka is the perfect start for my career and it really feels the right place to be at this stage of my life. I see the social entrepreneurship sector as the professional area I would like to develop my career and the area where I could contribute to sustainable social impact.

Why Birmingham Business School?

I chose Birmingham Business School because of its reputation for academic achievement and the prestige of the University.

"Use your years at university to experiment and find what really interests you...."

The Birmingham experience

The University experience is so unique and so much richer when the university has a beautiful campus like the one UoB has.

I also took the opportunity to get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible. The active Guild of Students and the hundreds of societies are so, so important for your experience at university but also for your professional success afterwards. Participating in activities outside your main academic commitments is where you will learn most and what will be most appreciated when looking for a job.

I was also fortunate enough to receive support during my time at University including a Student Development Scholarship, Business School Enhancement Scholarship and a position on the Alumni Leadership Mentoring programme.

Tips and advice

Read every "general" email the university sends you - there are so many opportunities which students miss just because they ignore emails or don't bother applying. Use your years at university to experiment and find what really interests you; at no other time in your life do you have all the opportunities in the world accessible to you at one place.

Don't apply to the same old graduate jobs just because everyone else applies. All my friends working for the Big 4 (without exception!) quit either in their first year or after they qualified, so make sure you find something that you are passionate about.

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BSc International Business with French