What is your nationality?
What/when did you study at Durham?
MSc Accounting & Finance 2009-10
What are you doing now?
Financial Analyst with Procter & Gamble, EIMEA HQ in Geneva,
What does your job involve?
Cost Forecasting for Gillette/Braun/Wella
How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?
It was my first international experience, offered great networking opportunities, met friends I still keep in touch with. Having no work experience before, helped a lot in my job search prospects.
What advice would you give to current students?
You made the right choice, the rest will follow. Study hard and enjoy your university life. Durham offers a unique student experience plus a lot of transferable skills you will use in your career.
Any other information you want to provide?
Any Durham grads in Switzerland may contact me to catch up.
Name: Maria Kouvarou
Course: MA by Research in Music
Current position: PhD student in the
Music Department at Durham University
I arrived in Durham on September 28th, 2009, after I was offered a place as an MA by Research student in the Music Department of Durham University. I came here holding my research degree on Music Sciences (granted with a distinction from the Music Department of the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece), lots of luggage and great expectations for the new phase that was about to begin.
The excellent communication with and support from my supervisor and all the staff members, as well as the friendly and collaborative atmosphere within the postgraduate community of the Music Department afforded me with enthusiasm for working hard on my research project. In addition, the interaction with such a community of talented and knowledgeable people was another important source of motivation for me. Needless to say, I applied for a PhD in the same department, and felt much honored to be offered a place and also to be granted AHRC funding for the three years of the degree.
Apart from the excellent atmosphere within the department, I would like to add that I am also really happy for being a member of such an interesting and diverse postgraduate community, which is characteristic of Durham University. Meeting people from different cultural and educational backgrounds is one of the things that add up to my ‘Durham’ experience.
At this point, I have already been working on my PhD project for almost a year. I am working on the field of ‘Aesthetics of Popular Music’, looking at how ‘Afro-American’ musical idioms were accepted, developed and finally assimilated in the already existing popular music of five European countries. After I complete the degree I would like to find a job in a University, and follow the career of an academic. I am sure by now that my decision to stay in Durham University for a second degree will prove to be a valuable and essential background for the future.