Yoanna Yordanova Business School

"I took part in the University's Mentoring Scheme. My mentor was from Northern Trust and I had a mock interview with her and delivered a presentation. As a result, I was able to improve my employability skills…"
 
Yoanna Yordanova
BA Hons Business with Human Resource Management

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What made you decide to study at Greenwich?
"I had an interest in both courses, marketing and human resources (HR), but at the end I decided that HR is the right one for me. When I was looking for a Human Resource Management course I found that University of Greenwich was the only university that has a Business with Human Resource Management degree, not only HR. This is something that I really liked and that's why I took the decision to pursue my degree at University of Greenwich."

Why do you like HR as a subject?
"One of the main reasons is that I'm a kind of person who loves motivating people as well as engaging and having direct contact with them. This is exactly what you learn in HR, understanding people – their needs and behaviours."

Did you find moving to the UK a culture shock? 
"Yes, but at the same time I found it really exciting. I'm learning something new from my colleagues on a day-to-day basis. Also, my lecturers and tutors from my first year were quite helpful and supportive. This helped me settle into my new environment really well."

How many hours of teaching do you have a week, tell us what your schedule is like?
"This year I had just two days of lectures and tutorials. Despite these being throughout the whole day, it was a good experience as at the same time I have had a lot of time to prepare for lectures and, in my case, for my placement interviews and assessment centres."

Has your degree started to help you visualise your career?
"Yes, I would say that I feel very prepared and what I have learnt at university I would be able to apply to my future placement year which I am starting this year. I'm now aware of the CIPD qualification that would improve my chances of employment within the HR industry. My degree is teaching me about key business functions and adding HR elements at the same time - I really like the combination."

What activities have you been involved in so far?
"I took part in a few societies when I first joined university and I got the opportunity to meet new people which helped me improve my language skills. It's really important to be active and to socialise. I took part in the University's Mentoring Scheme. My mentor was from Northern Trust and I had a mock interview with her and delivered a presentation. As a result, I was able to improve my employability skills and some of the activities really helped me for my second year as a student."

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