Isabella wants to build a supportive network of Umeå alumni living in London
Name: Isabella Simeoni
Isabella Simeoni, former student at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, has initiated an alumni after work in London. We met with her to learn more about her and why she is doing this.
Hi there Isabella Simeoni, how are you?
I\'m very well, thank you - busy day as always, but the sun is shining so I\'m pleased!
You’re planning an after work for Umeå University alumni in London, why is that?
That\'s right! I currently live with two other UmU alumni and as we started to reminisce about our time in Umea and with me currently working with alumni I thought it would be a great idea to at least see if there is any interest. Networking in London and in any industry is such a great way to not only find valuable connections career wise, but also in building yourself a supportive network - this is the aim with the London chapter.
When and where will this be?
The event will take place in Shoreditch at the very charming Horse and Groom pub on Wednesday 28th of February with a 18.30 start, but feel free to pop by at any time until 21.30. More info. and sign up
Tell me about your connection to Umeå and Umeå University.
Before moving to Umea I really didn\'t have any personal connections to it - I only knew that after lots of travelling I wanted to study business, get away from Stockholm and that maintaining my English skills would be important as I had already planned to work internationally once graduated. I ended up studying a BSc in International Business at Umea School of Business and Economics as it ticked all the boxes.
What do you miss the most from your time at the university?
I think, just as many other prior students, it is IKSU, as ridiculous it might sound to \'outsiders\'. If you haven\'t been to IKSU you won\'t understand what a central point that is as a student in Umea! On a more serious note, now when living in a major city where forests are in the form of parks, the nature - the landscape in Umea is truly amazing and the fresh air is a rarity, which you only realise once living in such a polluted city like London...
When did you move to London and what are you doing there?
This is the second time around I\'m living in London and have been here for about a year now. Lived in London in 2010-2011 and have also been in Leeds studying a Master\'s degree before that - so about 3 years in the UK all together.
I currently work at King\'s College London at the Fundraising and Supporter development department with International Alumni Relations - with the aim to \'make the world a better place!\' In my role I am developing new and exciting projects and am also engaging our alumni as well as supporters internationally - specifically in the U.S. and the APAC region to which I travel 1-2 times a year.
What are your hopes for the future regarding the alumni network in London?
Like I mentioned, being part of supportive networks and communities can immensely help and aid people both professionally and personally - this is what the alumni network in London will aim to achieve.
Text: Jessica Bergström Grahn