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THE SUCCESS STORY OF ALEKSANDRA ILIEVSKA, BACHELOR STUDENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCES AT IBU AND INTERN AT THE ‘HORIZON’

THE SUCCESS STORY OF ALEKSANDRA ILIEVSKA, BACHELOR STUDENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCES AT IBU AND INTERN AT THE ‘HORIZON’

Being a big believer that nothing is ever coincidental and that everything happens for a reason, found me where I am now and where I hope to be. Living in difficult and uncertain times, like the one in which we are living now, led me to the thought that I have to maximize everything that will come across as an opportunity. A lot of my time is spent refreshing on pages, looking for interesting and useful information, which is exactly how I found out about the paid Storytelling internship at The Horizon.

International Balkan University had posted on its page about this position opening and I immediately applied, without hoping that I will get it, since I am studying Political Sciences, and The Horizon is an IT outsourcing and offshoring company that provides services that help companies scale their IT and online marketing activities.

Once I submitted my application, I had an amazingly fast and positive response from the co-founder Maksut Gavaz, with whom we scheduled an interview that same week. I was rather nervous since I was not fully familiar with all technological terms, and all I had was a passion for the written word and good English proficiency. Nevertheless, the pressure I felt, was gone within the first five minutes of the interview, since Maksut, the co-founder, full of understanding and patience, based the conversation in a friendly and humane manner.
Once that interview was over, I was extremely happy with myself, but I think part of the reason I felt that way, is because nothing I said was taken as a negative answer, but rather as a possibility. The moment they told me that I got the Storytelling internship position, I was ecstatic, because International Balkan University, besides the studies, handed me another amazing opportunity. I was then introduced to Ervin Domazet, who is a well-respected Professor at our university, but also co-founder of The Horizon, and also to Agron Useini, who is head of marketing.

What The Horizon is expecting from me is firstly, to translate their mission, vision, and daily activities into stories for everyone to hear, feel and understand. I am expected to have great communication skills – excellent English, writing and speaking skills, creative and independent thinking, ideation and execution of written content campaigns for marketing purposes, to write Horizon Blog campaigns, as well as Social media content creation and email marketing campaigns, additionally improvement of the website content. The Horizon has been extremely understanding that I am still in my studies and in the learning process of my career. My internship position is generally remote, but I can work from the office of one of The Horizon’s development companies in Macedonia. I am free to work for as long of hours as I want, but I have to meet all the deadlines.

My experience with The Horizon until now has been remarkable, and I am sure it will stay that way. I am learning numerous new things, I am improving my writing and I am meeting new people from different backgrounds, whilst having the possibility to grow within the company. Without International Balkan University, I would have never found this opportunity and I would not have been the person I am today.

And remember, chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause. When opportunity presents itself, don’t be afraid to go after it.

Aleksandra Ilievska

Student of Political Sciences at International Balkan University