Evi Prokopi graduated from her Marketing - MA course in 2009. She's now a success coach and works in higher education as an academic. She's also the first person from Greece to make it to the World's Top 100 Human Resource Management Influencers! We caught up with Evi to ask how her career has been going so far...
Hi Evi, could you tell us a bit about what you've achieved since you graduated from London Met?
I'm a multicultural expert having lived in six countries, traveled to 35 countries and worked with people from 58 countries. As a success coach, I aim to empower people and help them achieve their personal and professional goals.
I am the author of the book The Success Playbook: The 8 habits of happy and successful people. I have lots of experience in recruiting, training, coaching, mentoring and leading project management teams for both Fortune 100 companies and start-ups.
I was the first and youngest Greek woman to ever speak at the Global Project Management Institute Congress and am the only Greek to make it to the World’s Top 100 HR Management Influencers. I was also awarded the 40 Under 40 Business Elite Award.
In 2020, I decided to do something about the broken work practices around the world, and with a great international team we founded the first non-profit organization for leadership, Cosmoleadership - the Global Leadership Association. Over the same year, I joined academia as a lecturer on the Human Resources Management MSc degree of Epsilon College, in partnership with the University of Northampton.
Wow, you've been busy! Did you always want to be in this line of work?
I always wanted to help people and this is what I have been doing through my entire career, either through recruitment, training, or coaching.
What made you come to London Met?
As a matter of fact, I transferred my credits from another university where I wasn't happy. Therefore it was really important to me to find a safe place where I could study and thrive. The support I received from my teachers and the fellow students at London Met was amazing.
That's great to hear. What's your favourite memory of London Met?
The freedom I felt – that I could be whoever I was and the academic staff supported my ideas. Diversity and inclusion were strongly encouraged as well which I liked very much.
Do you have any advice for graduates starting out in your field of work?
Many fresh graduates come to me and share their problems, that they can’t land a job or that the recruitment process is insane. Be patient and be persistent, don't give up. With hard work and some faith, you will eventually find the job of your dreams but you will need to work hard for it!
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I sincerely feel happiness when I receive thank you messages from people I’ve helped to either find work or with tips about their CVs or interviews. It’s amazing how one can change someone’s life for the better just by giving some minutes of their time.
Could you tell us the pros and cons about being self-employed?
It requires hard and consistent work (I still work about 10 hours every day) but at the end of the day, you get to give yourself leave and this is AMAZING!
"I was the first and youngest Greek female to ever speak at the Global Project Management Institute Congress. I am the only Greek to make it to the World’s Top 100 HR Management Influencers, and I was awarded the 40 Under 40 Business Elite Award."
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