Newcastle University Business School

Simeon Ivanov

Alumni profile

About Simeon

Current job: Business Consultant at FDM Group
Current location: Leeds
Nationality: Bulgarian
LinkedIn: Simeon Ivanov

About Simeon's career

Since graduating, what have you gone on to do?
I joined FDM Group shortly after I graduated from Newcastle University. My work started with seven weeks of training that prepared me for my first client placement. This placement was with the Department of Work and Pensions where I was helping them with a rollout of a new system and change of their old devices. I am due to go on my second placement in the following months.

Is the above what you planned to before starting university?
Yes. It was one of the target careers for me. Being a Consultant allows me to implement all of my knowledge about Economics and Business Management. 

About Simeon's Newcastle experience

What was your favourite thing about your course?
I enjoyed the diversity of modules and the practical experience.

Did you complete a placement year/year abroad/summer internship during your time at Newcastle?
At the end of my second year at university, I did a summer internship on the Global Experience Opportunity (GEO) programme. My placement was in Xiamen, China with Amoysen. It was an interesting experience where I was able to learn more about other cultures and how to efficiently work in a cross cultural environment.

Additionally, during the Easter vacation of my third year, I undertook an internship in the biggest Asset Management company in Bulgaria. That was an interesting experience, because as an Economist it was the perfect fit. My duties were to follow the move of the overall market and provide advice on what is expected to happen in the world in the following day and what reactions should be expected from the market.

What extra-curricular activities or societies were you involved with during your time here?
During the three years of my degree I was a class representative for my course, which allowed me to become Chair of the Student Staff Committee for Economics in my second year. I was also part of the society NCL Capital Partners (a student-led hedge fund) where I took the position of Equity Analyst in my Second Year and Head of Managed Features in my third year.

About the future

How do you see future technologies or new ways of working (future of work) affecting your sector?
As a Business Consultant in the field of technology, I can see that the new technologies are going to continue to enhance our work and make it more and more efficient. It will also show us new ways of working; it will create many new businesses and ways to enhance our lives.

When it comes to my sector of work, it will only improve with new technologies and it will create more potential work opportunities for me. As the new technology will have to be amended and then implemented with the current system. That will create a lot of interesting projects when it comes to utilisation of the future technology.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
My future career plan is to move into Venture Capital, Wealth Management or continue on to peruse a career as a Project / Program Manager.

Profile uploaded: 09/05/2019