Postgraduate studies teach essential skills for work life

Armen Julukian


Armen Julukian

  • Manager in Risk Advisory, Pricewaterhousecoopers PwC Norway
  • Graduated in 2009 in physics and nanotechnology


After taking my Master’s Degree I started to do my PhD at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). My work was based on experimental, theoretical (mathematical, statistics, advanced analytics) and computational work. One advice to students who want to continue as PhD, please have average grade as 4. To enter NTNU one requires to have at least average grade as "Very Good". Though some universities may require average grade as "3" or "C" as equivalent.

Finnish students are very talented and in general Finland has a fantastic education system.

In my opinion being a PhD student has positive and negative sides. Positive sides include, analytical mindset, problem-solving skills, working under pressure, being more independent and confident, good communication skills and so on.  All these will be useful while working in companies. There are some job positions that require to have a PhD degree but negative side may involve that it can be harder to find a job after PhD due to the fact that usually companies have to pay more salary for PhDs. Another thing can be that you can be "overqualified". In general, it depends on company and job vacancy. Things, conditions and requirements related to work and study constantly change in all places and vary from company to company and position to position.

After academia, I have decided to be consultant to use my analytics skills to improve business problems. As PhD and research scientist with a huge mathematical background and statistical skills one has a chance to be a good consultant on this field. I also have a passion about it.

Attitude counts

In consulting one should be flexible, always ready to changes, and have "can do attitude" even if one does not like to do something. This again varies from company to company and position to position. I have been in three different consulting companies after making my PhD. My advice is to apply first to PhD, and get some more experience and then try to go to industry, if you do not want to continue in academia. I think regardless of academia or industry beside acting with integrity, dignity and humility one should care for each other to make a better working environment.But always follow your heart, and do what you feel like to do more.

Finnish students are very talented and in general Finland has a fantastic education system. People are hard working, and have very good interpersonal skills that are so important for job. I just love Finland and, and I am thankful to Finland.