The Student Life In Russia
By FelixWehmeyer on Jul 24, 2012
Throughout time, Russian students’ life has gone through many different changes. We spend our time in a totally different way than our parents used to and also focus on different aspects of our lives. Nowadays, more and more students are trying to study and work in the same time as it is highly valued from employers’ perspective. This aspect has had a significant impact on students’ life as their activities and interests have changed. We have recently face another change that has been a challenge, going from the classical 5years System of Education to the Bologna System. My name is Valeria and I am a Sales Intern in Oracle Russia. I will tell you more about the challenges that a Russian student is facing and also about what employers are looking for in my country.
Russia has recently replaced the classical national 5-years system of education with the Bologna Process Model, 4 years plus 2 years. After five years of study, students received a specialist certificate, but nowadays, they receive only a diploma of general higher education. There are both advantages and disadvantages for this change. For instance, after graduating 5-years, students realized that the knowledge they gained was out of date and that foreign universities did not accept their certificate. The Bologna Process Model of Bachelor and Master Degrees give students the chance to use their diploma in many universities around the world.
Practical Experience Matters
Along with this process change, we, students, have started to be more concerned about gaining experience and working during our studies. Why do we feel this need? When you graduate it’s far more valuable what you can do rather than what knowledge you have. Companies are looking for young employees that have done internships or have gained experience. It’s a matter of fact that good marks aren’t relevant for your work place. Therefore, students are trying to find part-time jobs that allow them to have an insight about the real world. The main goal of this choice is actually experience rather than money as most Russian employers are looking for practical knowledge rather than good marks.
According to recent statics the main employers’ selection criteria are graduates’ specialty and their experience in business communication (during internship). Apart of experience and skills, employers are still looking for students that come from prestigious universities. They consider that talented students attend universities with high reputation which is usually true. I would still say that employers can find these talented candidates in colleges that have a low reputation. What is important is your extracurricular activity. Overall, employers choose high skilled candidates that have a proper education and also a certain level of experience.
Being a Sales Intern at Oracle is a very important opportunity for me to gain all the knowledge and experience I mentioned above. I am connected with interns across Europe, Middle East and Africa and it’s a great experience from many perspectives. I can put in practice what I have learned at school and I discover new things every day. The real challenge for me is to keep up with the fast-changing environment within Oracle. If you want to find out more about our student and graduate opportunities follow us on https://campus.oracle.com .