Alexander Popov, BSc Human Resource Management 2016
Consultant at HRS Bulgaria
- From Bulgaria
- Graduated from the 4 Year BSC HRM programme with first-class honours
- Currently working as a Consultant for a leading HR company in Bulgaria
Tell us about yourself
I come from Bulgaria, a country in Eastern Europe. Before graduating from the University of Bradford I managed to learn three languages (including English) and decided that my career would involve meeting with lots of people seeking to understand different cultures and personalities. I try to follow something that Richard Branson has said: “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” and probably that is how I got to where I am now.
What are you doing now?
I am part of one of the largest Bulgarian recruitment companies where I am responsible for the recruitment within the IT sector and being the key Account Manager for a number of large enterprises. What I enjoy most about my work are the daily interactions I am having with people of different backgrounds and seniority levels.
How has your Bradford degree and University experience helped you get to where you are now?
The degree helped me to stand out of the crowd and gave me a head start in every recruitment process. The modules I completed as part of the degree actually gave me theoretical and practical knowledge which supports me in my day to day work activities (using various interviewing techniques, understanding broader economic trends affecting labour markets, budgeting and forecasting). Also, the “Triple Crown” accreditation of the degree itself made it recognised and valued all over the world.
Why did you decide to come to study at Bradford?
There were a number of reasons for my decision to come to Bradford. The School of Management offered a course specifically targeting Human Resources and Management; the ranking of the School of Management; the relatively low living costs; and the swimming and water polo team.
What were the highlights of your experience at the University?
The most memorable aspects were the openness of my lecturers and tutors to different discussions and topics outside of lectures and seminars and the dedication of the Careers Hub when trying to find a placement and, later, helping me to secure a part-time job.
What were the best things about your course?
I enjoyed the choice of modules I was given in my second and final year; the different ways of assessment; and the possibility of doing a placement year.
What advice would you give current or future students hoping to work in your profession?
Definitely try doing a placement year. The efforts that you will put in the application process, preparing presentations and being interviewed provide the best practice you can get before graduation. Regardless of whether you go on to do a placement or continue with your final year, the experience will give you a head start. Also, try utilising more what the Career Hub/Career Development Service can offer you.
Published: February 2017