The graduate of RUDN has built a career in an international company
She is fluent in English and speaks a little Spanish. «A qualified expert has to know fundamentals of higher mathematics, accounting, computer programs and also foreign languages», Lyudmila says. How to build a career in an international company - in an interview with Lyudmila Gorshkova.
Lyudmila, can you tell us about the brightest memory in RUDN?
The most vivid memory is the students matriculation, at this event you realize that a new part of life has begun. Assembly Hall, happy faces of students. I will never forget the words of Vladimir Mikhailovich Filippov, Rector of the Peoples Friendship University of Russia: - «Welcome to Adulthood». At that moment, I realized that from now I have to make all decisions by myself. The first language internship is another unforgettable impression of my student life. On the 3rd -year of the bachelor's program I went to London with a group of students. Before this trip, I had language barrier. I knew grammar well, but I could not speak English at all. That fact that there were no Russian-speaking students helped me. By the end of the internship, I had confident upper-Intermediate level.
What kinds of research did you conduct during your student's years?
I studied the Russian economic growth in Bachelor's degree programme, but in Master's degree programme I became interested in the topic of special aspects of contemporary development of educational services market in Russia and in the whole world. At my 4th year I took part in the project of research students works. My work was connected with analytics of educational markets of developing countries. I was really carried away and decided to continue my research at Master's degree programme. After all I entered a PhD programme and went on to study the international educational market. The topic of my thesis work is «Export of educational services in the higher school: global experience and Russia». 13 December, 2012, I became PhD in Economics. This day will be in my memory all my life: sleepless nights, worrying, expert’s opinion....
As a student, what did you think the perfect start of the career should be like?
As a student of an international university, I had always known that I wanted to start my career in an international company. And that's what happened. Primarily I wanted to work in Finance as I have mathematical mindset. My first job was a specialist in discount calculations. I only dealt with figures.
What are your current goals?
Now I'm a project manager in one of the largest IT companies. My responsibilities are to promote and develop projects for companies on the Internet. I got this job by accident. There were 3 months before my diploma presentation, and I decided to find a part-time job for this period of time. I submitted my CV, went through several interview stages – and here I am as a company employee. Our team had a task to launch and work on an international project that was launched in Russia exactly 2 weeks after its launch in the US. After this project, I was invited to continue working on new projects on a regular basis. I would like to tell you about another project, which doesn’t relate to my work – it’s a creation of Wicked motocross team. The leading pilot is my husband. Wicked Ducati is a relatively new Moto team, which participates in Russian motorcycle races held on road circuits.
What are you aiming at now?
My plans for the future include developing as a specialist and improving IT sector of our company. I would like to learn Italian and maybe give lessons at the Faculty of Economics. I also intend to continue studying. Lately I have started to think about getting a doctoral degree. After completing postgraduate studies, together with Irina Aydrus, my academic advisor, we wrote a monograph on global market of educational services. As one of my purposes, I would like to write one more academic paper together.
What could you advise young graduates?
Here I would like to quote Steve Jobs and his advice to young specialists in his popular Stanford Commencement speech: «Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish». The most important thing is to find your own way as a specialist in order to be satisfied with your job. And remember: «Do not work 12 hours, work with your head.»
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