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Sabina Sarkisova

Banking and International Finance BSc (Hons)
Sabina Kyrgyzstan

I felt supported to become independent from the first day because of all the people around me.

Feeling prepared for the challenge of university

When I arrived in the UK I was only 16 years old, which made me one of the youngest students at the Centre.

Being a non-native English speaker and having a limited knowledge about the UK educational system, INTO helped me not only become a confident and fluent English speaker, but also prepared me for what was to come.

This made my transition to the first year of my degree incredibly smooth.

The International Foundation programme taught me how to write essays, complete assignments and - most importantly - gave me all the background knowledge for the subjects I would later study at university.

Life in my first year

I felt supported to become independent from the first day because of all the people around me.

They were always ready to direct me and answer my questions - both personal and subject-related.

London began to feel like home and the comfortable environment at INTO encouraged me to achieve my goals.

Studying overseas allowed me to become independent and responsible

My placement prepared me for the real world. Instead of an internship, I chose to do a year-long placement program between Year 2 and Year 3, which was a stepping-stone in my career.

It was a tough process to find a good industrial placement, but this gave me an insight into the world of interviews, assessments and competition Having gone through a number of applications, I managed to secure a role as a Hedge Fund Data Analyst at UBP.

This year helped me to understand what I wanted to do in my career, and I came back to my third year encouraged and refreshed.Finally, this placement helped me get a summer internship at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager after which I secured a graduate role.

My placement prepared me for the real world

Instead of an internship, I chose to do a yearlong placement program between Year 2 and Year 3, which was a stepping stone in my career.

I was hesitant whether I should take a yearlong break from university, but I’m really happy I took it in the end.

It was a tough process to find a good industrial placement, but this gave me an insight into the world of interviews, assessments and competition – things you have to learn sooner or later.

Having gone through a number of applications, I managed to secure a role as a Hedge Fund Data Analyst at UBP.

It was a great year of meeting amazing people and learning a completely different set of ‘real world’ skills – communication, working under pressure, being even more independent, and, of course, being responsible for my own finances.

This year helped me to understand what I wanted to do in my career, and I came back to my third year encouraged and refreshed. Finally, this placement helped me get a summer internship at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, after which I secured a graduate role.

My pathway helped me find my current role

Business, Accounting and Economics were building blocks for my future degree.

I felt I had a real advantage versus other students during the first year, because most of the material was already familiar to me.

The way subjects were taught at INTO City, University of London was amazing – teachers didn’t rush things and explained topics.

Finding the best job

INTO was my first home in the UK – the place where I grew up, learned how to overcome challenges and found my first friends, with many of whom I still stay in touch.

I have many great memories and international experiences, which definitely influenced my personality.

While it was a challenging programme, every minute of it was built on gaining confidence and knowledge, and becoming a successful and mature individual.

I missed INTO so much. During my first couple of years of the University, I was still visiting and helping out with registration week and giving talks to prospective students!

INTO brought me to where I am now and my choice to study at INTO was one of the best decisions in my life.