Pawel Kryjom

Bachelor of Business and Administration, Degree Programme in International Business 2006
CEO, FarmTrade, Poland

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I am the owner of FarmTrade company located in Poland. FarmTrade was established in 2005 during study time as internship in local company. Nowadays, the company is an official and exclusive representative in Poland of several foreign manufacturers. The company makes a sole distribution network and sales of plastics for agriculture as well as agriculture machinery on the market. The company provides sales and after sales service vs spare parts.

Currently, company employs 2 administration and 4 sales people that allow to cover distribution to whole area of Poland. The after sales department count 2 service/ technical persons that support dealers by after sales. Additionally, I manage all sales and marketing strategy concerning all products from the range we are dealing with. The best part of my current work is networking and interpersonal relation on worldwide international society.

I started at NKUAS (nowadays Karelia UAS) as an exchange student that comes to a Scandinavian country in order to get experience in studying at a Finnish university. After several weeks I decided to become fulltime student because I realized that NKUAS offers me the real opportunity to get some serious business knowledge, not only theoretical but mostly empirical, and life experience that was a greatest development in my career.

The International Business degree programme caught my attention for many reasons. Those reasons allowed me to establish my own company. The international society at NKUAS allowed me to become a fluent member of the international business world. Active student life on variety of activity on Finnish school allowed me to be a leader in the business life.

All case studies and practical trainings/internships as well as first subject I started my experience at NKUAS was an export project that gave me practical knowledge that I could not find anywhere else. During study time I consolidated my interpersonal and cross cultural skills. Nowadays, I am daily dealing with partners from Europe as well as South America.

The best course that I attended was an export project due to reality of tasks. The subject reflects the real business activity I am dealing with daily. The project allowed me to understand international trade and production chain itself. It was a good fun made by international teams and great experience.

Studying together with other foreign students allowed me to better understand inner working in multicultural environment. Currently, I face and interact with international suppliers and freely managing all cross-border tasks and activities.

In the future I plan to invest my time to improve my language skills in order to understand mentality from our main foreign suppliers. I already started course of Italian language. However, in professional work life the most important personal development is to gain the biggest specialism on a working field. In my case it means to improve management skills as well as product knowledge.

I highly recommend to start a big adventure in a business world at Karelia UAS. The university is modern and well organized. Karelia UAS gives opportunity to study according to professional methodology which corresponds to real business cases. IB degree is a big challenge and student social life in international environment makes fun and great atmosphere overall. I believe also that experience at Karelia UAS can be a trampoline in your career as well.