Anton Kaliujin, Business Administration’02, Web Developer at Microsoft, USA
I started working as a software developer when I was still a student at AUCA. I was developing accounting applications and later doing web development. After I moved to the USA, I worked with a number of teams at Microsoft, that is headquartered in Seattle metro area, and a couple of smaller local companies. Currently, I am working at Microsoft as a web developer. My team works on microsoftstore.com portal.
AUCA is the first serious step into adult life, it will give you a solid base for future professional education and career development. Get comfortable with the fact that you will have to study throughout your whole career path (for example, I had to take some classes at the University of Washington to be more competitive in my job search in Seattle). Take as much knowledge as you can now, you will thank yourselves for your hard work later.
I miss my classmates and faculty members. Thanks to the Internet, I've been able to stay in touch with a lot of my fellow alumni who are now scattered all over the world. When I come to Bishkek, I always make sure I visit AUCA to follow the changes that the university goes through and to see the faculty members who still remember me. I hope that my classmates are on their way to achieving the goals that they had when we were graduating. And I thank my professors for their hard work, their efforts are really paying off for me now.