School of Economics

Valeria Georgallidou

Valeria Georgallidou
Subject: BSc Economics

Graduated: 2018

Valeria graduated in 2018 after studying BSc Economics. She took a gap year after graduating before taking up a position as a Financial Services Consultant at EY.


How did you first become interested in economics?

I always wanted to understand better how the world works, and Economics was a great topic to start with.

Why did you choose to study at the School of Economics at Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham was in the top 5 UK universities for economics and the campus seemed beautiful.

What are your fondest memories of your time at the school?

All-nighters at George Green Library and 'Greek Nights' organised by the Hellenic Cypriot Society of the University of Nottingham.

Adding to that, my face being on the cover of the 2017 Undergraduate Prospectus and my trip to Ningbo China, for a summer course at the University's Ningbo Campus.

Tell us about your career path since you graduated.

After graduating, I took a gap year and travelled to six different countries, including both Asia and Europe. I then started working as a Financial Services Consultant at EY.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy the friendly environment I work in and the fact that my colleagues are great. Adding to that, I enjoy that my day to day work is client-facing and that there are many leadership opportunities for me to excel.



What are the biggest challenges in your current role?

Staying up to date with advancements in technology that are necessary for my day to day responsibilities.

How have your experiences at the School of Economics helped shape your career?

The School of Economics has taught me ways to make appropriate decision making depending on my skills and how to be confident enough to take initiative and leadership opportunities.

What advice would you give to someone considering or about to start a course at the school?

Take every opportunity given to you by the school such as becoming a peer mentor, a course representative etc. as they provide you with transferable skills for your future career.

Are you still in touch with anyone from your course and have you been back to the school since you graduated?

I am in touch with a couple of people from my course whom we have become friends but sadly I have not been back to the school since I graduated. However, I plan to do so in the near future.




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