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EU Alumni Movers, Makers & Shakers: Farida Karimova

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EU Alumni Movers, Makers & Shakers: Farida Karimova
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Farida Karimova graduated from EU Munich in 2014 with an MBA in Human Resources Management. Now she’s gainfully employed as training coordinator with IBM Russia. In her own words, Karimova tells us about her EU experience and how she pursues her passions.


Farida Karimova

My life has been going very well since I’ve graduated from EU. Why, you might ask? There have been a series of interconnected moments. I graduated from EU and gained a competitive advantage in the German job market; I passed an interview and was hired by a great company, Henkel, for a nine-month internship; Then I was hired for the full-time position of training coordinator at IBM Russia.

A real business experience

My third semester at EU was the brightest and most challenging. Ironically, I made it challenging. Here’s how: towards the end of the second semester, everyone was choosing the major they wanted to focus on, no one chose the human resources management major. No one except for me. There were other majors with full groups of students, however, I was persistent (I still am), and stood my ground. I had made up mind.

I ended up having individual classes for the whole semester with three amazing professors, who had a solid background and experience in human resources.

They were the best, they made me realize, that with a little push, I too could be on top of things. They gave me enough autonomy to learn how to be well organized and how to manage my time, and most importantly, they shared their real-life professional experiences with me.

The internship

Shortly after my last semester, I moved to Hamburg and joined Henkel. I joined as a training and education intern. The team welcomed me with such warmth, that my adaptation period was very smooth. Before Henkel, my work experience had been in other countries. It felt challenging and exciting at the same time to start working in a new environment. My curious and proactive personality encouraged me to do every task I could get my hands on, not only those tasks I was assigned to do. I did presentations for management meetings, various reports, I participated very actively in the organization of events and seminars. My outstanding communications skills (which I polished in EU also), helped me to get along with a team and build strong and trustworthy relationships with them.

IBM

When I moved back to Russia and joined IBM, I began a whole new journey again. I had never worked in a multinational organization in Russia before, which also was a very different atmosphere. The IBM Kazan center had just started operating when I joined them. We were only 50 employees and we had to build everything from scratch. Among many other tasks, I am responsible for the development of training plans for the waves of employees who have been joining the company since 2014. I organize English-language classes, I perform MS PowerPoint trainings, I do translations (English-Russian, Russian-English) and write a weekly blog for our Global IBM Community.

Doing what you love

I would like to share my favorite task at IBM, which is writing the weekly blog. Writing has been my favorite task ever since I was a kid, and I am lucky that I am able to perform tasks that I truly love. Every Friday I choose, or am suggested, a topic for the blog. So far, there have been various topics: cultural and business related, our top performers, competitions which we have in the center, our clients’ visits and many others. I would like to share the most recent blog, which was dedicated to our centers top performers:

I came across an article in Harvard Review Magazine with a rather controversial topic “Employees are not your greatest asset”. Immediately I was interested to know more about the topic, since there were so many articles were the most famous leaders stated that employees are their greatest asset. Further into the article it all started to make perfect sense, because the point an article was making was that the greatest asset is how you empower your employees. I linked this thought to our center, and realized that this is how it is done in our IBM Kazan center. This is a still a young organization, with more than 300 employees, people who had joined us have different backgrounds and experience, yet at this point, we could proudly say “we are doing well”. Our big team was empowered to do great work and achieve company objectives! They were given technology, content, guidance and goals, and here we are 2 years later with more than 300 employees and satisfied clients! Having said all that, I would like to point out our empowered and hard-working employees, who got Top Performers Award for Q2! Thank you colleague for being here and making us all very proud!

My advice

I was lucky to join a new center which is still growing. There’s going to be more clients, hence new tasks, opportunities, challenges and more topics to write about.  I would like to send a message to all EU students and graduates:

“Be proactive, curious, patient and persistent, ask a lot of questions, and do not be afraid to try new things because this is the only way that you will manage to find a job that you will look forward to every morning.”

Find out about EU’s human resources management programs by clicking here.