Hunter Cawood, USA
My time in Russia has in many ways fast-tracked my career. With the opportunities and network I gained from studying at St Petersburg State University, I’ve been able to spring forward in the direction I want to go. St Petersburg University Graduate School of Management is the Harvard Business School of Russia. It’s where you go to become the best in the business. It’ll be challenging, but it’ll be worth it.
I became a mid-manager at a multi-national company by age 25, I’ve also worked with several startups and been an integral part of developing their strategies and success. I’ve been able to launch my own organization Ru-PAC, write column articles for the Russian International Affairs Council - Russia’s #1 think-tank, and I just recently did two interviews on CGTN talking about Russian politics.
Wang Quian, China
The most significant thing I received at the University was understanding how to find my way and how to choose my lifework. Even though this is not some specific knowledge, I think it is paramount.
I am working for a consulting company. It is called the Greatwall Enterprise Institute (GEI) and it has existed since 1993. GEI deals with innovation research, start-ups, and science and technology parks for the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. We also cooperate with research centres from various Chinese cities, including the Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing. Nowadays, we are helping to develop the technology that will be used at the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.
Nantarat Fumfan, Thailand
After graduating from the University, I returned to Bangkok and began to build my career ladder. For a year, I worked as a visa officer at the consular section of the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok. I discovered that not only English, but also Russian is in demand in this position.
While working at the visa application centre, I continued to go to job interviews. Finally, I got a job as head of the customer service department at SHOWDC, a large retail company. My area of responsibility had become much wider. From the first day of work in the new office, I was engaged in planning corporate activities, coordinating work with foreign directors, managers and employees, and working closely with the marketing, sales, and financial departments.
Dmitry Baikov, Russia
Dmitry Baikov received an MBA from the SPbU Graduate School of Management in 2002. From 2004 to 2017 he went all the way from being a Development Director to Director General of the confectionery “Lyubimy Kray”. Currently, he is the Director General of the factory “Aztec”.
The main thing that I’ve learned is working in a team in a friendly way on very complex tasks, when every team-member is a remarkable personality and a leader in their own way. Creating such teams is now my main business-trick, it is a key to achieving great results.
Alina Verbenchuk, Russia
Alina Verbenchuk moved to Poland in order to work for Google after graduating from SPbU. Currently, Alina is responsible for operational work with partners for YouTube in the European region.
Try taking the most from University courses. If you get a feeling that a course isn’t satisfying you a 100%, try organizing a side project or joining a startup.If you get an opportunity to practice what you are studying, you should definitely use it.
Kristina Korneeva, Russia
My doctoral studies took place during a time of active development for my business - PR&Media Relations Support Agency. Fortunately, I received great support from my supervisor and she was aware of my commitment to my business. Of course, doctoral studies require attention and involvement in the process. It is important to participate in scientific conferences, to confirm the results of your research, to communicate with authors and scientists who work in your area of scientific interest. Everything worked out well. I know that this is a working model and today doctoral students can develop professionally both at university and in their own projects.