Meet Klajdi Sallaku!
His name is Klajdi Sallaku, a fourth-year student from Tirana, Albania. He is majoring in business administration and minoring in economics.
Klajdi graduated from Sami Frasheri, which he claimed was the best high school in Tirana. It is known for having the ministers and prime-ministers of Albania as graduates. He said that there is an annual competition, based on the state exams “matura,” held between the high schools and that they won first place in the year of his graduation.
Initially, Klajdi wanted to go for his undergraduate degree in Italy. He went through the entire application procedure for Bocconi University in Milan, an economics university which is considered one of the top European economics schools.
The year Klajdi applied, they increased the tuition and he could not afford it. So, he started asking around and he had some friends who were at AUBG. He decided to give it a try and got accepted. According to Klajdi, he did not get the best scholarship, but it was enough.
At first, Klajdi wanted to do a double major in economics and business administration. He took the first level of classes for the economics major and felt like it was not his thing, so he turned it into a minor and decided to focus on business. He was also doing projects in business outside of class.
Klajdi’s highlights throughout his university life have been getting chosen as an RA, winning entrepreneurship challenges, and going on a Work and Travel in the U.S.
In the last two years, Klajdi has participated in entrepreneurship events. Last year, he was taking the entrepreneurship class with prof. Andonova and he was part of the winning team in the entrepreneurial contest, which was the culmination of the class.
Their project got both the audience and the jury’s prize. The project was called KIN, a mobile app that was a private social media to bring families together. Klajdi has also taken part in some other entrepreneurship projects at AUBG and Sofia. Another project that he was involved in won second place from the Board of Trustees of AUBG. It is Klajdi’s long-term goal to start something on his own, but he wants to wait until he gets more experience working in the business field.
One of Klajdi’s close friends, Vesselina Apostolova, had the following to say, “Klajdi is one of my closest friends at AUBG. He’s been a great support as a co-RA. I am very grateful and happy to have met him at AUBG. I think he has great talent for anything business-related and I see him doing great things in the future.”
Klajdi likes sports a lot and has been participating in the AUBG soccer championships every semester, since his first year at the University. He plays for the Black Eagles and is the team’s captain this semester. Klajdi is part of AUBG Olympics as well.
Klajdi is also an RA in Skaptopara I. He was elected in his second year at AUBG. The reason, he explained, was that he had some friends when he was a freshman who were RA’s. He was hanging out with them a lot and he liked what they were doing. So, he decided to try and he got elected. He claims that it was one of the best decisions he has made.
“You are a student and a RA at the same time, and you have to make a clear distinction between the two. But I don’t think there were any difficulties, because the team here in skapto 1 helps. There is a good team energy. “
Klajdi has also been a Bulgarian tutor for the last year for prof. Sabina Wien and prof. Konedareva . Klajdi claims that he is not fluent in the language, but he can understand almost everything. He said that it was not hard, because the first level is the basics of the language.
Also, after taking the first level, he did an internship in Albania for a company that operated mainly in the Balkans. He was told that if he learned Bulgarian, he would have a very good chance to work for the company, which, according to him, was a very good incentive.
Since Klajdi is graduating this semester, he shared that he plans to work. He does not want to do a master’s yet. “I want to wait a couple of years first,” he said. He is applying to different companies in Bulgaria and Poland at the moment.
Klajdi did a paid internship in Poland in a business consultancy company for approximately two months during the summer. The internship took place in Warsaw. It was related to the procedures of applying for tenders, which are EU projects, and organizing the tenders in the country. If the EU was approving a fund for an activity in Bulgaria, the company would apply for this. If the proposal was approved by the EU, the company would get the money and would start applying it in the country.
Another friend of Klajdi, Dervis Kanina, said, “With Klajdi, it’s all about percentages. He is calculating risks of everything, this is something special that you cannot find in most people “.
Klajdi is trying to stay in Bulgaria or get a job somewhere in Europe because he does not think that it is time to go back to Albania yet. He wants to wait a little more and then settle there. He shared that it is hard for him because he is an Albanian and therefore not part of the EU. So if he finds a job in the EU, he would have to go through all the procedures for getting the work permits.
Still, he remains hopeful that he will succeed and shared that he has various contacts outside of Albania and within. Some of companies have already asked him to come and work for them.