Graduation Year: 2004 (MSc in SHRM 1)
Transformation and Growth Advisor/Partner, Makgnus, UK
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Looking back on your career, what was the most important decision you made (or didn't make) regarding your career path?
When I graduated, I decided to start working before doing my master’s degree. My decision was based on the fact that having no hands on experience in the corporate environment, I couldn’t be certain what career path I would like to pursue. Indeed, I started working as a Quality Administrator and after growing in other roles within the department I looked for advice. I asked leaders in the business what my strengths are and what field I should on for my master’s degree. Thankfully, I’ve made the right choice and the last 10 yrs I’m working in HR roles and I help people develop and grow. It has not only repaid the student loan multiple times over, but also offered me the opportunity to do what I enjoy most.
What’s the most important thing for recent grads to keep in mind as they start out their careers?
Pace life which offers tremendous opportunities to learn and evolve. Be open, observe, listen maintain your curiosity. What drives your performance, what makes you a talent is your mindset and behaviors. Building your technical knowledge is a matter of commitment and time, the resources and content are usually offered to you. Engaging in the right, productive behaviors aligned with your value system is a matter of personal initiative that requires tenacity and daily practice.
What made you choose ALBA for your graduate studies?
ALBA is renowned for its quality, I would only go to the top in Greece. At the time that I was looking, ALBA introduced the part-time MSc in Strategic HRM, so there was no reason to consider any other provider.
Share with us your fondest memory while studying at ALBA.
The first memory is the fun and laughter with other class mates during the breaks. I met a wonderful friend, Eleni and despite the demands and pressure of the courses, I remember having a great time there. The second thing that I remember is the understanding and support of Maria Melioti when I was under huge pressure with work, travelling and personal issues.