Aleksandar’s finance success

Name: Aleksandar Zahariev Aleksandar Zahariev

Course: MSc Corporate and International Finance

Graduated: 2011

Nationality: Bulgarian

Employer: Bulgarian Deposit Insurance Fund 

Durham is a very prestigious university with attractive tuition fees, a peaceful campus and well recognized financial program. What I liked most from my time there was the way we were expected to become proficient in our chosen field through our own research. As a passionate sports person I was involved in Durham’s judo society as well as a number of investment societies.

I applied to BDIF after taking the first level of the CFA qualification and a long job search in both the UK and Bulgaria. The position offered was exactly what I wanted – to be in charge of a big fixed income portfolio. The selection process was not as difficult as I expected: I went through two interviews in which I was asked about my knowledge of the fixed income market mechanics and instruments. My preparation proved invaluable. Being Chief Treasury Expert involves controlling the liquidity and profitability of the fund. Being constantly aware of everything happening in the global economy and markets is part of the job description. Also, communication skills play an important role since I am constantly in touch with other dealers via phone or Bloomberg terminal.

The experience gained in Durham is very helpful since it taught me to be attentive, organized and have a keen eye for detail. My advice is anything but straightforward – students should get as much hands-on experience as they can. Nothing is more important than that! Also they should follow their heart, as I did, and bear with the gruesome job market in order to get what they want. Happiness is everything!


Careers fair in Bulgaria





The Tuk-Tam Association are currently organising the fifth edition of the biggest career fair for foreign-educated Bulgarians, called “Career in Bulgaria: Why not?” This is going to take place on 13th of September 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria and full details are available here

They would like to invite all Bulgarian students and alumni (as well as students from other countries who are looking for opportunities abroad) to take advantage of the opportunity and register for free. Even if you cannot attend on the 13th of September, your CV can still be accessed by leading employers in Bulgaria.

The event will also include a conference with interesting discussions and inspiring lectures, including among others the Bulgarian EU Commissioner.

If you are available to attend click here to register.

Elena is in control at Johnson Controls

Name: Elena Popova

Degree: MA in Management 2010

Nationality: Bulgarian

Job: Graduate Trainee in Facilities Management

Employer: Johnson Controls, UK

 After graduation I did a six month internship in social media marketing with a start up company in London called BraveNewTalent. This gave me time to research and I decided that applying for graduate programmes would be the best start for me.

After a long search, I found my perfect employer. I applied successfully for the graduate trainee position in Facilities Management at Johnson Controls, a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. This involves continuous training and three 6 month placements in different parts of the business which demand innovative and creative thinking. There are excellent opportunities for growth and development. I have been here for almost five months now and have learnt so much and really enjoyed myself.

My advice for everyone who is looking for a job is to be persistent, attend career fairs and presentations and use the university careers centre. Do not to give up at the first hurdle, let your contacts and friends know that you are looking for a job and keep applying!