Dimitris Papaloizou, MA Advertising, Marketing and Media, University of Essex
Why did you decide to study your course at Essex?
I actually did my Bachelor’s degree at Essex as well as my Masters. My undergrad degree was BSc Business Management, and when I was researching universities, I found that Essex had great reviews in terms of education for my field of study and offered an amazing student life within campus.
What did you enjoy most about your studies? Which modules or areas of research did you particularly enjoy?
I really enjoyed the modules about Marketing in my undergraduate degree, in fact that was the reason I stayed in Essex for another year for my Master's degree in MA Advertising, Marketing and Media.
Which further study skills did studying at Essex give you?
During my time at Essex I was Secretary-General (2013-14) and President (2014-15) of the Cypriot Society. The additional skills this gave me were related to leadership, teamwork, organising and public relations.I was also Sports Coordinator of the International Student Association (2014) and Representative of the Cypriots in the International Student Experience Committee, which gave me the chance to cooperate with societies and people from other countries. Furthermore, during my studies, I completed the Big Essex Award Programme that included completing employability and volunteering hours.
Can you tell us about your current job, and how you got there?
After I graduated from my MA in 2015, I moved back home to Cyprus to join our family business; Chrysodalia Food Industry. I went through a 6-month induction programme to learn about the procedures of different departments within the company. At the end of the programme I was placed in the Sales and Marketing department as Sales and Marketing Manager. My main responsibilities are monitoring of sales and marketing actions and running the procedures of the distribution centre.
Could you describe a typical day?
I go to the distribution centre every morning to monitor the loading procedure of the trucks and vans to prepare for the delivery of the products. I then return to my desk to check my emails and sales reports. When I finish with the administration for the day I arrange meetings with customers to maintain B2B relationships, problem-solve issues elsewhere in the company and plan promotion of new products. What I love most about my job is the challenge of balancing business management / development and dealing with changes in the food industry and demand.
What advice would you give to someone looking for a similar role?
Don't expect it to be an office job that ends when you leave the building. It is a 24/7 commitment. You don't know what the future will bring and that is why you need to give 100% every day. Stay focused and hungry.