The FINANCIAL — The majority of business school students interviewed by The FINANCIAL name Georgian banks as their most desired places for work. Students dream about having a good work environment, salary and job security. The survey shows that their perception about companies is created by company advertisements.
“TBC Bank is the most attractive company for me, a place where I would work with pleasure. The main criteria when thinking about the ideal employer for me, is a good salary, many fringe benefits and nice work environment,” said Gvantsa Ajiashvili, 3rd course student of Georgian American University (GAU).
“I haven’t yet decided on my ideal place to work, but I hope it will be one that is successful and well-developed on the Georgian market. In the very first years of my working career I would also gladly work for either TBC Bank or Bank of Georgia,” said Barbare Takaishvili, 3rd course student of GAU.
“TBC Bank is my ideal working place,” said Keti Kvlividze, 22. “A good working environment and high salary is what attracts me to TBC.”
TBC is also interesting for Levan Jobava, 21, professional journalist.
“My most desired work position would be CEO of HSBC Bank,” said Levan Dadvani, Caucasus School of Business (CSB).
“I would with pleasure work at British American Tobacco Company as well,” Dadviani stated.
Ernst &Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte and KPMG were as well named by Georgian students as the most attractive and desired companies to work at.
“The big four: Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and Ernst & Young are companies where I would work with great pleasure. The main criteria when thinking of the most attractive working place for me is the experience that I would get while working at audit companies. Every new project is a new experience. You get to know most businesses that way,” Michael Gotiashvili, CSB student, told The FINANCIAL.
“I may not be very objective when judging the existing companies in Georgia where I would work because of a lack of information and experience with them. The only perception about Georgian companies is created through advertisements and word of mouth. But I do think of some companies in different sectors as most attractive in their sector such as Aldagi BCI, HSBC in the banking sector, even though it is not Georgian, Ernst & Young and the Sheraton seem quite attractive for me as I have some information about their operations, corporate culture and working conditions,” said Katia Gabelia, GAU student.
According to Gabelia, when she thinks of a potential employer, the first that comes to mind is the name, reputation and image of the company where she would like to work.
“I would be proud to work for a well- known company that is popular within society which could be considered additional motivation for being committed and dedicated to a job. Then comes the corporate culture, as I believe that relationship between colleagues, openness, and communication are critical when adapting to the feeling of being a part of a team and whole organization. I see all these as a way to become productive and self realized,” Gabelia said.
“Now I am doing an internship in one Georgian company that works for supplying and distributing express tests and medical techniques. I am doing some of the functions of an office manager, which is quite satisfying for me at the moment, while I am at the very beginning of my career. I am thinking about developing myself and the environment around me,” said Barbare Taktakishvili, student of GAU.
Almost all of the students interviewed by The FINANCIAL say that a good salary, working environment and job security are the main criteria for them when thinking about their dream job.
“When thinking of my dream job, work environment, salary and job security, most of all in a time of crisis, are the main determiners for me,” said Temo Gegeshidze, CSB student.
“Salary and working conditions, together with working environment influence me most when considering my future dream job. Theses above mentioned aspects hold big importance for me and for everyone when choosing their dream place to work,” said Mariam Manjgaladze from GAU.
“I would with pleasure work at Bank Republic. The image of the company, working environment and salary are the most important criteria for me when considering the most attractive potential employer,” said Tamar Khotivari from GAU.
“Working environment and job security are the most important terms for me. In regards to my most desired working position, I would choose a ladder in an audit company. The most common position to start at is assistant or auditor. After several years you move up the career ladder. The final destination is Managing or Technical Partner. For me the most attractive position is Managing Partner as I love working with people, and being in constant contact, more than sitting inside an office,” noted Michael Gotiashvili from CSB.
As the interviewed students state, their education helps them to reach their goal and succeed in their future careers.
“Education provides one with knowledge which is essential to succeeding at work. Of course there are other factors too but to me education is the most important for one’s future career. I would gladly work as Top Manager or Marketing Manager at a company,” said Ketevan Todria from GAU.
“Education is a great source of success no matter your condition. My success is greatly dependent on the education, knowledge, experience and skills gained at university. My ideal working position is Strategic Manager,” said Barbare Takaishvili.
“Education is directly connected to a career’s success and development, since it’s a base to build experience on. My dream job is to become a Project Manager and I hope my education will help me in achieving this,” said Giorgi Darsadze from CSB.
According to Tamar Khotivari, who plans to become a company CEO in the future, her education greatly affects her success, without which she would not be able to achieve her goals.