Francisco Castaneda Gonzalez

A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I am a Professor at a university. This international experience has allowed me to develop both my technical and soft skills. I am the leader in several projects (all related to education), and currently I am Director of MBA Program. I have also been a Visiting Professor in some other universities, including University of Bham where I was recently teaching in March 2019.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I have specialized skills in economics and finance. My understanding and ability with the English language, as well as the skills I developed by studying and working in diverse environments have also proven invaluable.

Main work activities in your current role

I am the Director of the MBA, hence I rely on my managerial skills. At the same time, I teach finance and macroeconomics. I also support the international activities at my Business School. As a full-time Professor, I have published papers, and written chapters for books that have been printed by acclaimed and academically acknowledged publishers.

A typical day in your job

A typical day is both dynamic and intense. I teaching, attend meetings of strategy related to the projects, and also spend some time devoted to the writing of columns an opinion pieces, as well as prepare ideas for future papers.

Main challenges in your role

The main challenge is to understand ongoing trends, and to keep updated.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

Education is always an opportunity to make a difference. I like to think that I transform the life of other people, and even if this only happens once, the impact could matter forever. The journey I undertook at the University of Birmingham was essential in helping me get to where I am.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

Stay awake to opportunities where other people might not believe there are any, and continue to work with the knowledge that there are no limits.