Kosmas Karamanidis

kosmos-karamanidisWhat did you study at Aston University? MSc Finance
What year did you graduate? 2019
What is your current job role? Business Analyst
Organisation? Deloitte, Greece

Why did you choose Aston University After searching a lot about which University to choose in order to continue with my postgraduate studies I decided that Aston was the best choice. Aston University provides high quality studies and a very familiar environment something that helps you to me more efficient with your studies. It is a very organized University based in Birmingham which is a very beautiful city with lots of opportunities especially for young people. Except for the excellent teaching staff and the knowledge that you gain there, Aston University has an international profile with people from all over the world giving students the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. For all those reasons and after searching several Universities I decided that Aston was the best choice for my studies.

What did you enjoy about the course you studied? After finishing my undergraduate studies in the field on Mathematics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, I decided to apply for a Master Degree in Finance at Aston University as I wanted to apply the theoretical knowledge that I gained during my undergraduate studies to the very real world and I believe that Finance was the best way to do that. The course was fascinating as our professors were very helpful and always willing to explain everything. The most exciting thing was the group activities and assignments that we were asked to do. Those group activities gave us the opportunity to meet new people and acquire a team working spirit something that is essential especially after finishing your studies. Generally I enjoyed a lot the intercultural environment and the team working spirit that exists between Aston students. Working in a group and know how to cooperate with different kinds of people is a very important qualification for your future jobs. Even if the course can be considered to be quite challenging it is a great tool for you future career.

What is special about Aston University? If I could choose which is the most special thing about Aston University I could say the international and intercultural environment that exists at the University something that amazed me. I had the opportunity to meet different kinds of people from all over the world learning several things about their culture and their civilizations. Generally my year at Aston broadened my mind as I made friendships with people from different countries which will be essential even for my job career. Aston University organized a lot of events in order to give us the opportunity to meet each other and generally all those things created a very familiar environment for all the students.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in 1 word? “Unforgettable”

What did you do after you graduated? After finishing my studies at Aston University with Distinction and after having obtained great qualifications for my future career, I decided to go back in Greece. Even if I love UK and the opportunities that you can find there I decided to search something in my country. I was looking for a position in a multinational company because it can give you the opportunity to participate and work in projects at different countries and generally such kind of companies have an international profile. After some months (specifically 5 months) of job searching I was hired by Deloitte in Athens, Greece and I can say that I am very excited about it.

What do you enjoy about your current role? What I like the most about my role is that I am working on different things and getting a wide knowledge about the sector of Finance and Business Analysis by providing advisory services to several kinds of companies. I have the opportunity to apply all the knowledge that I gained during my studies. Also, I have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world as there is always the opportunity to cooperate with other departments globally.

What are your career ambitions for the future? As far as my future ambitions are concerned I can say that I like what I am doing now and I would like to become very successful at that. I would like to work and travel abroad for several kinds of projects and I think that my company can give me this opportunity. I could characterize myself as an ambitious person and I will try to do my best in order to succeed in the job that I decided to do. I think that all the young people who begin their career should be ambitious, optimistic and focused on their goals, despite the difficulties that may face, and by doing that it is certain that they will manage to fulfill their dreams.