Alumna Julia Romanyuk: Studying at Mikkeli Campus gives the graduates an important advantage

During her career in rhythmic gymnastics, Julia Romanyuk, a multiple Finnish champion and the School of Business Mikkeli campus alumna learnt many skills that have been valuable outside athletics as well: ‘I have applied these practical skills, such as time management and having a high drive, in my studies and personal life.’
BScBA alumna Julia Romanyuk sitting in front of mountain landscape

I am Julia Romanyuk. After graduation from Aalto University, I have been working as a Management Consultant at Accenture where I focus on helping retail and consumer goods companies with various projects ranging from setting up a new business to transforming marketing operations.

What and when did you study at Aalto University School of Business?

I started my studies in the BScBA Program at Mikkeli Campus in 2013, and continued directly to the Master’s program in Strategy at Otaniemi Campus. The Strategy program was an interdisciplinary program between the Aalto School of Business and the Aalto School of Science, which made it unique. Finally, I also completed the CEMS degree, which I felt was a natural continuation to my International Business studies in Mikkeli.

Why did you want to study business and what made you apply to the School of Business Mikkeli Campus?

After high school I knew two things: 1) I want to study my entire degree in English, and 2) I want to study at Aalto University. Thus, studying in Mikkeli became my choice. However, I was a bit doubtful of whether there would be an actual university campus in Mikkeli, so I came to visit the campus with my mother. During the visit, I met the school staff as well as charming professor Paurav Shukla who convinced me that Mikkeli is an excellent choice 😊.

During studies, group projects develop teamwork skills and increase one’s understanding of cultural aspects related to collaboration.

Julia Romanyuk, BScBA Program alumna

You are an ex-professional athlete. How did it affect your choice of studies/career and how has your background in sports helped you in your career?

My career in rhythmic gymnastics has taught me many practical skills that I have applied during my studies and in life. These include the ability to manage time efficiently, the skill of asking for help and a high drive. 

After finishing my career, I was dreaming about working in the Olympic Committee or some sort of sports organization. However, after having several conversations with mentors, I decided to gather experience first from outside of sports and then apply it to sports management later on in life.

At the moment, I am acting as a volunteer member in the development board of rhythmic gymnastics in the Finnish Gymnastics Federation, and through that I have a chance to stay connected to my beloved sport.

Portrait of the BScBA Alumna Julia Romanyuk

How did you end up in your current position and what kind of work assignments and responsibilities do you have?

I began my management consulting career already during my university studies at Aalto and CEMS. For me management consulting was a natural career choice as I enjoy project-based work, problem-solving and a changing work environment.

As a project manager in a management consultancy, I lead project teams consisting of consultants and client-side project members, this takes most of my time. In addition, I am a career counsellor to two analysts. I find this mentorship role highly rewarding and energizing. Finally, I am also responsible for supporting sales and developing our client accounts.

How would you describe the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business?

I would describe the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business as the most unique bachelor’s level business degree that Aalto offers. Its modular structure, excellent international visiting faculty and tight community spirit generate a “Mikkeli bubble” where you get to challenge yourself intellectually and create very tight, lifelong friendships.

What was particularly important in your studies that has helped you in working life?

The modular structure of the program combined with regular group work and presentations is an excellent “pre-school” for a career in management consulting or business in general. 

The intensive three-week modules of the curriculum require students to grasp topics fast and apply their learnings in group projects.

The group projects develop teamwork skills and increase one’s understanding of cultural aspects related to collaboration. Finally, the BScBA Programme develops presentation skills very effectively. Each student presents every third week, which differentiates Mikkeli graduates in this respect.

Find out more about Julia's career path on LinkedIn.

Bachelor's Program in International Business, Aalto University

International Business, Bachelor (BScBA, Mikkeli) and Master of Science (Otaniemi) in Economics and Business Administration

The Bachelor’s Programme in International Business provides students with a comprehensive range of skills and knowledge to build, develop and lead companies on a global scale. A bachelor’s degree in business with an international focus opens up a wide variety of career opportunities across all industries and continents.

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