Lyubka Sokolova

Lyubka Sokolova

Study | Year of graduation:  BSc IBA 2009; MSc Finance & Investments 2010

Employer:  NIBC Bank

Job title: Vice President Restructuring

What are the most valuable skills that you took from your education at RSM?
“The ability to prioritise and multitask is the first thing that comes to mind. During studies one needs to juggle various subjects, assignments and social activities with only 24 hours in a day, which comes as a good preparation for the real world out there. The international aspect of the studies is another strong component. Coming from an Eastern European country, where 10 years ago there were very few non-natives, I dived into one of the most international studies there is on offer. I now have friends from across the world who I use as an excuse to visit places far away.” 

What was your most memorable moment at RSM?
“I have endless memories of precious moments shared with my classmates, and also some with professors that I will never forget. To kick it all off, there was the welcoming speech by the head of the bachelor programme. As we were all sitting down, he asked us to first look to our left and then look to our right. He then shared a statistic with us – that only one out of three of us would be at the graduation, and it was up to us to decide who would be. That was a frightening start to what later became some of my best years.” 

How would your former classmates describe you?
“Dedicated, fun and ambitious. Most likely, people will also think of me as the organiser – I tend to be the one who gathers people together, plans trips and other activities and always asks for something new to try out.” 

Name three things that make you smile each day: 
“Dreaming of the next trip I will be going on; A good cup of coffee shared with a close friend or my partner, preferably sitting outside in the sun; The feeling of fulfilment when I have achieved something, be it small or big.” 

What is your greatest passion in life?
“Continuously striving for new endeavours. Diversity, and interesting and challenging topics are what make me tick, and what motivate me to go further. I strive for these both in my professional as well as my private life.” 

What is your ‘I WILL’? 
“I WILL be happy and bring happiness to others.”