Graduation Year: 2002 (MBA 9)
Export Markets Director at Sarantis
Looking back on your career, what was the most important decision you made (or didn't make) regarding your career path?
On one occasion, due to a company restructuring, I was presented with two options: Either getting fired or move to a position for which I was overqualified with 25% less income. I decided to stay, accepting this setback as the best possible option to prove myself in the same company environment. The story so far proves that decision was the right one.
What do you believe recent grads should keep in mind as they start out their careers?
Today situation in workplace is not comparable with 16 year ago, however same principals apply: Set clear objectives, make relentless research, go to every interview they invite you and never ever get disappointed with a NO: No matter how a cliché it sounds, those NO’s will make you a better candidate the next time.
What made you choose ALBA for your graduate studies?
ALBA was a no brainer for me at that time: I had met academically Mr. Travlos and Mr. Athanasopoulos during my third year in University of Piraeus at the time they were setting up a Business School in Greece. About 4 years later ALBA had already built an excellent reputation for connecting recent graduates with the demanding business workplace, so the choice was obvious!
Share with us your fondest memory while studying at ALBA.
Well, not exactly while studying… my two fondest memories come from just before and after the academic year. The team building camping-weekend on the mountain of Kaliakouda and the makeshift farewell party (myself as a co-DJ and sort-of-barman…) we organized 12 months after. However between those two “brackets” this year in between was THE fondest memory of my life so far…