A Global Career, Close to Home

Iva Gadzheva, a PPD intern in the site payments department in Bulgaria, shares her experience transitioning from student intern to full-time employee, and the factors that influenced her decision.

Iva Gadzheva The question on my mind — and most every other university student — during my final year was “How do I establish a solid foundation for my future career?” I sought to answer this question as I began my search for the top internship program in Bulgaria. I found the answer at PPD, where I was offered a six-month internship in the site payments department.

From my first day in the office, I was motivated by the positive atmosphere. During the first few weeks, I trained and was introduced to the department’s main activities. I had a dedicated mentor who was my resource and guide, answering my questions and helping me to understand my duties.

After I completed the training, I was assigned real projects. As an intern, my main responsibilities were working with contracts and managing select budgets and payments. I learned to work with documentation and a variety of systems specific to the department and to PPD. One of the aspects I enjoyed most, was the opportunity to communicate with PPD employees from different departments and countries. The daily work was interesting and dynamic.

After the six months, I applied for and received an offer for a permanent position in the site payments department. Once I accepted the job, and began work following my university graduation. I knew that I liked the team, and I had no doubts the work would be challenging. I appreciated what I saw as a clear path for career development with PPD, which is a quality that is not common in many other companies in Bulgaria, even within international organizations.

As I establish my career, what I value most is that PPD offers the opportunity to work in an international company while living in Bulgaria and developing a successful career in my country.

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