My student experience
Paris Stylianides is Co-Founder and Head of Strategy & Growth at Jobcha. He graduated from Surrey's BSc Business Management in 2006.
What attracted you to choose the University of Surrey and to study your course here?
The University of Surrey offered me exactly what I wanted. A great diversified business degree, at a highly regarded business school, in a superb campus in a great small town (Guildford), right next to London. I think this is the best combination for your university degree.
What were the best things about your course?
I would say that the real life case studies we worked on and the diversity of modules you can choose from are its strong points.
How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student?
My entrepreneurial spirit thrived at Surrey. We were given all the resources needed to create and test our ideas out. Spartaco Ltd, a management consultancy, was my first startup based at the University (co-founded with Emilio Püschmann, a fellow Surrey graduate). We were given offices, mentoring and anything else we needed.
What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your line of work?
I have a digital transformation company and I’m involved in two startups. One is www.Jobcha.co.uk, a job posting platform which utilises an innovative, unique, auto & machine-learning algorithm which gathers and processes data points found on a CV and external information sources and databases. The system can provide a strong indication of expected salary, segmented by geographic locations within a country, allowing an individual to become more aware of their current employability and improve where needed.
The Application Filtering System saves employers and recruiters time in the selection process by providing them with a more refined, and tailored list of candidates. Our system also allows employees to see how competitive they are, with regards to salary, in relation to other companies in the same field. Through these means the system makes the process of a candidate finding an ideal position, and an employer finding an ideal candidate, faster, simpler, and more effective.
How did your time at Surrey influence your career?
By the time I finished my course I had entrepreneurial experience, my final year project had become a published journal article and I had a business degree with First Class Honours. This gave me a strong advantage in the labour market and, after my Masters, I got my first job as a consultant in the Financial Advisory Department of Deloitte.
How can students hoping to work in your profession make the most of their time at Surrey?
Get involved with startups, test their ideas out. Be entrepreneurial. If you want to follow a more career focused path take the placement year option and work for a year. It is something I regret not doing myself.
What aspects of being connected with the alumni network are most important to you/of most interest to you?
Sharing business ideas, opportunities and networking
What is your strongest or happiest memory of your time at Surrey?
It has to be the startup we created there!
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