As a Chairperson of Aston Students’ Union, Dimitar Kostadinov, 25, was a part of the organisation of a Relay for Life 24-hours charity event that managed to raise £10,000 in support of Cancer Research UK.
“One of the achievements I’m proudest of is organising and participating in Relay for Life, a 24-hour event in support of Cancer Research UK, where we were able to raise £10,000 for the organisation.”
Dimitar was born and raised in Burgas, Bulgaria.
“It’s a beautiful medium-sized town on the coasts of the Black Sea. I would recommend it to anyone – visit Burgas and the Burgas area, especially during the summer. You will find some great vibrant towns with an amazing mixture of culture, sightseeing locations, beautiful beaches and lovely welcoming people.”
After finishing high school he took a gap year during which he had decided to apply to study BSc Business and Politics in the Birmingham-based Aston University.
“I took a gap year during which I volunteered, studied and worked to enhance my skills and knowledge. I considered various paths of how to continue my education. After careful consideration of the available options in terms of countries, university reputation, opportunities for employment and career developments as well as further studies, I chose the UK as the next step on my path of development.
“The joint honours degree offered me the opportunity to pursue further development in both fields. I chose Aston University because of its reputation, the opportunities for work experience and placement year and also because of the various opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities and projects.”
Interested in Business & Economics and Politics & International Relations, Dimitar is also keen on DJing and music production.
During the 2013/14 academic year he was the Chairperson of Aston Students’ Union and managed to organise a successful Relay for Life 24-hours event.
“During my tenure my duties included organising and chairing various meetings. I oversaw the introduction of new Union by-laws, ran university-wide referendum, organised the next election cycle. One of the achievements I’m proudest of is organising and participating in Relay for Life, a 24-hour event in support of Cancer Research UK, where we were able to raise £10,000 for the organisation.”
Dimitar is now living in London where he works at the London ad-tech start-up Ogury.
“I believe that for a person in their 20s it’s probably the best city to be at. Yes, it’s expensive, overcrowded and noisy but there’s a different vibe here. There’s always something exciting going on, something to do, to be involved in, to be amazed at.
“As I’m a part of a start-up company, my job could be challenging but that’s what I enjoy about it – being challenged on a daily basis and contributing to the development of a unique product and service.”
Dimitar wants to continue his professional development in the fields of Business and Technology, specialise with a Master’s degree and set up his own company eventually.
“I believe I have achieved a lot so far. However, I also believe that my greatest achievements are yet to come and I stay proactive to ensure that I’m on the right path to achieve my dreams and goals. I want to be happy, to achieve a point in my life where I look back and say ‘I have made it’.”
He also shared that he wants to become the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.
“I would like to move back to Bulgaria at some point in my life. I want to contribute and give back to the community that I was raised in. Furthermore, I believe I will be part of a new wave of young people who are able to inspire the others around them and contribute to a better future for our home country.”
Article by Denitsa Dimova