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How Discovering & Following Your Passion Can Help You Have a Global Career [Video]

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Dec-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Career

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When people ask me how old I am and then find out that I'm 28, they are often shocked. 

They're surprised that I've managed to achieve so many things in my career in such a short timespan and are curious to understand my journey and what I've done differently.

I don't consider myself extraordinary or different. There are so many people out there that I admire who have done way more tremendous things that I have. 

However, I do feel that I've learned a lot over the years by pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and trying new things to discover my passions and my strengths. 

I'm a Plymouth University alumni and I have kept in contact with the great team there. 

They recently reached out to me to ask if I could participate in their International Students Week and present in front of students about my career journey. 

I've always said that one of my purposes in life is to help so of course, I agreed and I want to share with you today the recording of my talk and the slides which you can view below.

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Why Work in PR: Advice from the Pros – Interview with Rafal Salak

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-Jul-2018 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Career

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It's time for another "Why Work in PR?" interview and I'm delighted to introduce you today to Rafal Salak who will share with us his exciting PR career story in software and offer key advice for students and young professionals who want to learn more about the industry and how to get into it, especially if wanting to work in tech. 

I'm a big fan of Prowly where Rafal works. We've never met but we've been in touch through email or Twitter many times for various projects, initiatives or simply to share ideas.

Before you move onto the interview, don't forget to follow Rafal on Twitter

(If you've missed any of the previous interviews, you can take a look as well: Richard Bailey, Pippa Hanson, Jessica HodkinsonChryssa SkodraFarzana BaduelScott Guthrie, Sarah Hall, Angharad Welsh, Alex May and Maria Gergova-Bengtsson.) 

Why Work in Public Relations: Interview with Rafal Salak

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Why Work in PR: Advice from the Pros – Interview with Maria Gergova-Bengtsson

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-Dec-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Career

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It's time for another "Why Work in PR?" interview and I'm delighted to introduce you today to Maria Gergova-Bengtsson who will share with us her exciting PR career story and offer key advice for students and young professionals who want to learn more about the industry and how to get into it. 

I'm glad to call Maria my friend even though we only met a few months ago in Sofia where she invited to speak at the IPRA conference. I truly admire Maria for the dedicated work that she is doing in the Bulgarian market, the team she has grown around her successful PR agency and the global network of professionals that she has built.

Before you move onto the interview, don't forget to follow Maria on Facebook and say Hi to her team on Twitter @United_Partners

(If you've missed any of the previous interviews, you can take a look as well: Richard Bailey, Pippa Hanson, Jessica HodkinsonChryssa SkodraFarzana BaduelScott Guthrie, Sarah Hall, Angharad Welsh and Alex May.) 

Why Work in Public Relations: Interview with Maria Gergova-Bengtsson

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Why Work in PR: Advice from the Pros – Interview with Alex May

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Nov-2017 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Public Relations, Career

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It's been over a year since I've run a "Why Work in PR?" interview but today we have Alex May sharing with us her PR career story and offering some very thoughtful advice for students and young professionals who want to learn more about the industry and how to get into it. 

Alex is a good friend of mine (we met in Dublin) and I asked her to participate in my PR interview series because I felt it would be good for PR students thinking about the profession to hear from a younger pro who's closer to their generation and experiences. 

Before you move onto the interview, don't forget to follow her on Twitter @AMayHopscotch and say Hi. 

(If you've missed any of the previous interviews, you can take a look as well: Richard Bailey, Pippa Hanson, Jessica HodkinsonChryssa SkodraFarzana BaduelScott Guthrie, Sarah Hall and Angharad Welsh.) 

Why Work in Public Relations: Interview with Alex May

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How to Achieve Extraordinary Results in 44 Quotes

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Sep-2016 09:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Career, Personal Development

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By far the best book I read this summer was The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan.

Obviously, this book is about focus. It's about asking a powerful question: What's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

You see, I don't have an issue focusing. When I need to finalise a task, I'm pretty good at hammering it.

But I do have an issue with doing too many things and wanting to be part of very many things. It's hard for me to say no when others come to invite me to be a part of their projects which often have very little to do with what my priorities are at the moment. As the authors explain, when you say yes to something you are inevitably saying no to something else (often what matters most to you) in order to find time for the former. 

So this book got me thinking a lot about focusing only on the right things at a given time and prioritising my energy for those. It also made me realise that I need to be more vigorous about how and when I should be utilising this energy best. That includes my own time management and planning as well as my surroundings because according to research we lose 28 percent of an average workday to multitasking ineffectiveness and on top of that, we get interrupted every 11 minutes and then spend almost a third of our day recovering from these distractions. 

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