Alumni Spotlight: Barak Lilian
“The opportunity to experience different cultures through the simple act of conversing with my classmates helped me open my mind to new perspectives and broaden my viewpoint.”
Meet Barak Lilian, Class of 2017 graduate, currently working as a Financial Advisor at KPMG, after studying Economics and Accounting at Ben-Gurion University.
What were your most memorable experiences at ISA?
It may sound funny, but I still remember my first day at ISA. I barely spoke English and was sitting in a science classroom, looking around. Then, I realised that there were people from various countries like China, England, Germany, America, and other places, all around me. I thought to myself that this journey was going to be interesting for sure.
How did your time at ISA impact your life?
The opportunity to experience different cultures through the simple act of conversing with my classmates helped me open my mind to new perspectives and broaden my viewpoint.
What is your current career, and why did you choose that path? What advice do you have for others looking to enter into your field of work?
Currently, I work as a finance advisor at KPMG. From a young age, I was drawn toward economics and mathematics, so pursuing this career path felt like the right choice for me.
I encourage those interested in this field to gain knowledge from reputable sources such as top-tier economics and business newspapers and credible online resources. This will give you a great head start. Stay curious and keep researching!
What advice or insights do you have for our current ISA students?
The IB program is an intense yet empowering and rewarding experience that can lead to personal growth. In the same breath, it is essential to value the journey and the people who are taking it with you. Take pleasure in this time in Amsterdam, surrounded by a supportive community, and allow it to guide you towards incredible self-improvement.
The ISA Alumni Spotlight series aims to showcase the journeys of individuals in our student, teacher and parent alumni communities. We ask them to reflect on how ISA made an impact on their life, and to share their advice on how to carry the mission of international understanding.