From Bulgaria to France, how one MBA alumnus is now conquering Europe
Bulgarian MBA alumnus Georgi Bozhilov completed the International MBA programme in 2017 and has since found a position working in a Belgian company, using his international skills and knowledge to travel around Europe as a Business Developer. Learn more about his story.
- What were you doing before the programme and why did you decide to be an MBA alumnus at EMLYON?
I was born in Bulgaria, lived in 3 continents – Europe, Asia and Africa before coming to France at the age of 18. Before joining the MBA at emlyon I was working in a small company specialized in Transport, Logistics and Removals, based in Lyon. I started as an intern in 2009, freshly graduated from the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 with a Business Administration Bachelor degree and International Business Realities Master Degree. At the end of the 3 month internship I was promoted to the position of Operations Manager. Working in collaboration with my director we managed to create partnerships with all the International Removals and Relocations Companies present on the French market. I was soon dealing with all kinds of operations and had to wear many different hats, from Business Development to Operations Management to Human Resources Management. In 2016 the company had grown up significantly so I decided to put to an end to this adventure and started looking for a smart way to continue my career. I wanted to change country, industry and position and so I enrolled into the International MBA at emlyon.
- What was the most memorable part of the programme for you?
I look at my MBA alumnus experience as a real journey and that I am very happy to have experienced. During the year I had my ups and downs, passed through tough and challenging moments and ended it with a great exchange program in Beijing.
For me as an individual the 2 months in China will remain the most memorable part but for the class as a whole I think the Learning trip in Finland was. It was like a big Team Building event where we got to better know each other and became real friends. The fact that the Learning Trip comes just after the rush of the 1st semester is great as there is less pressure and everyone enjoys themselves.
- You decided to go on an exchange programme, can you talk about that experience? (g. where, why and how it was?)
My exchange program was held in Beijing at The Cheung Kong Graduate Business School (CKGSB) which has in its alumni people like Hu Weiwei (MoBike) and Jack Ma (Ali Baba).
I enrolled because I wanted to spend some time in what is considered to be the new Economic Eldorado – China and see how things are happening there. In just 2 months in China I learned more than I’d learn in some other countries for 2 years. I am very happy with the classes provided and highly recommend the CKGSB, most of the professors are full time professionals and will bring you relevant insight from their respective industries. For more information on my experience in China you can check out my blog : http://joresskila.simplesite.com/435430669
- What are you currently doing now that they programme has finished?
After the MBA I relocated back to my home country Bulgaria. I spent 3 months looking for a suitable job and I am now a Business Development Manager in a Belgian company specialized in the import and distribution of organic products. I am currently developing French-speaking markets in Europe for BtoB sales of Organic ingredients for the food industry. I spend more than half of my time travelling across Europe meeting prospects and existing clients. I find the job very interesting and I believe the industry has a huge potential.
- Are you still in contact with your cohort?
I keep in contact with many other MBA alumnus. Learning Trip in Finland created long-lasting friendships and unforgettable memories. Although some of us are far from France we still stay in touch and will try to organize a meeting soon.
- Do you have any advice for future participants?
I strongly recommend to enjoy and make the most of your time being “Back at School” because the year goes by very quickly!