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Interview with the 2nd year student about his experience of combining work and studies

Our SMM-team has talked to Peter Notkin who told about balancing between work and studies and importance of such ability.

-  Where do you work?

I work for a company called “ECOPSY Consulting”. Currently it is the largest HR consulting company in Russia. 

- In 3 words what are your main tasks there? 

Since it is consulting, there are no specific tasks that we perform. But the most basic include writing HR strategies, building processes within the company, creating the system efficiency structure. 

- Did the skills you had already acquired in this program become useful for you to get this job and also to do the job successfully? 

To get – not really, as I had already worked for this company: I had an internship there and they took me because I had good reputation. Regarding daily tasks - yes. Our educational program helps me to develop critical thinking as well as teaches me to structure my thoughts and to express them eventually correctly.

- How difficult is it to combine work and studies? 

I believe that all depends on the ability of proper time management, and since I am able to distribute my time there are no problems, thanks to our program. I should notice that when deadlines accumulate both at university and at work, it becomes difficult, since there is pressure, and it is simply hard to perform several tasks simultaneously, which are still particularly different in their substances.

- Do you think students should combine work with studies? 

I think that combining academic and professional activities is not bad, because in the end we all have to work. It definitely helps to immediately use the skills that you acquire within the learning process to apply to your work, if they are related, of course. Moreover, this helps in career growth, since there will immediately be a different attitude to the person who combined his educational process and work.

- What qualities, you have acquired in the program, do employers value the most? 

I think the most crucial thing is the ability to think critically. This will help to get a highly paid job. People who are inclined to this will always be appreciated more and they will be offered a better job with interesting projects, as they will be able, to put it simply, to show their knowledge and capabilities in practice. Also, languages help, for example, fluent English. At the same time, it is not the most important factor in getting a job if it is not under consideration of some international organization.

- Will this job count as an internship? 

Well, specifically the work which I do now won’t go anywhere, but I was lucky and I just passed an internship in another organization in summer and it will be counted.