Our studentsAlexandros Christou

Alexandros is currently studying BA Hons Economics and Business Analysis Technology. He tells us about his experience so far and how Strathclyde has improved his career prospects. 

Please tell us a bit about yourself

Apart from my academic studies, I enjoy reading. Reading has helped me gain a deep understanding of various subjects, including economics, history, politics, arts and current affairs.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

After researching universities I found that Strathclyde provided fantastic education and had great entrepreneurial opportunities available to students.

How has coming to Strathclyde improved your career prospects?

My course at university has furthered my interest and knowledge of economics and business analysis technology. I have worked on assignments that involved providing company valuations backed by calculations and reasoning. This experience allowed me to showcase my valuation techniques to my professors, thus validating them. Being a Strathclyde student has helped me develop my financial skillset, enabling me to apply my education to assess problems through analysis. Strathclyde has provided a significant boost to my personal and career growth.

For the past two years, I participated in a telecommunication campaign for the University of Strathclyde. In this role, I engaged with Strathclyde alumni to promote the alumni fund. Listening, getting feedback, staying positive and discussing their queries in detail have taught me the value of customer service. I delivered excellent service and am repeating the same this year. I am grateful to the university for giving me the opportunity last year, and based on my results I have continued my work with the campaign this year.

Tell us about any activities you have been involved with while at Strathclyde that you feel have enhanced your employability.

At university, I have become involved with several societies, in particular as a committee member of the Erasmus Student Network I have developed a keen sense of organisation and the ability to delegate tasks effectively when planning events.

What is the most important thing you learned from the experience?

This role has taught me that communication skills are vital when running an event. In addition, facilitating the needs of exchange students while organising events and trips has been an enlightening experience as I have been a part of their journey, helping them make the most of their exchange and exploring Scotland.

Please tell us about something that you are proud of/you have achieved during your time at Strathclyde.

Entrepreneurship is something I am constantly working towards. At university, I have become involved with Strath Inspire, which helps new ventures prosper. With Strath Inspire, I won the Exploring Entrepreneurship Challenge, in which my team created a pitch for a business that targeted solving ESG goals.

What are your plans for the future?

After finishing my undergraduate, I would like to move to postgraduate level, complete a PhD in Economics and hopefully start an investment fund after that.