Olga Fedyanina

Country: Russia
Sector: Government
Job title: Trade Policy Adviser
Subject of study: International Relations
Year of graduation: 2012
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

British Embassy in Moscow, Department for International Trade

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since leaving Exeter I’ve being doing so many new things. Straight after the course I started working at the British Embassy and I was constantly progressing and moving from one role into another in different sections, until I settled down in its trade department. While working in Department for International Trade I did MA in management and graduated from one of Russia’s top universities and now I am doing a PhD in World Economy. Just recently I started working as a Trade Policy Adviser and hope to develop my career in trade policy/market access.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I’ve always been fascinated by the work of diplomatic services. While doing my MA in International Relations, I was looking for jobs in the embassies in Russia. As I knew only English, my search was limited to English-speaking countries. Once I got back to Russia, I was invited to join the team by the British Embassy in Moscow. I really enjoy the variety of opportunities and activities my work brings me every single day.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Studying at the university was a truly marvellous experience. I enjoyed every bit of it. I was a member of the Russian society, Politics society and Tennis club. And I took part in activities by other clubs, e.g. parties organised by the Greek Society. I also had a chance to meet with writers who consulted me on my writing.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

There are so many things. I was privileged to meet so many great people and to be taught by high-class professionals. One of the greatest experiences was the visit to EU Commission.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

People, university, campus.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Politics departments is top-5 in the UK.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

I’ve attended so many extra activities and all of them taught me new things. But I would say that being open is challenging and rewarding at the same time. Don’t be afraid to be open to new opportunities, to new people and to new adventures. It will definitely teach you all the way through.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Take risks and do not stop dreaming.

What are your plans for the future?

After PhD I plan to start teaching at the university and hope to travel around the world with my own courses.


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