On September 4th, 2021 FLEX Alumni Coordinator launched a contest for FLEX alumni kids which was dedicated to the celebration of FLEX Appreciation Day. 12 children colored FLEX logo and submitted their creative works. The contest winners were announced at the FLEX Appreciation Day celebration on September 27th, 2021 which was organized virtually.
34 FLEX alumni expressed interest in celebrating the FLEX Appreciation Day by sharing their FLEX stories, expressing gratitude to FLEX program, and networking with each other. Various games and icebreakers organized by Regional City Representatives made the celebration fun. Kristina Fateyeva’07 commented: “Thank you so much for a great event. I really enjoyed it and thanks to the FLEX program. Once FLEX – forever FLEX”.
The alumni particularly liked Guess the Baby Photo activity during which they guessed alumni that were on a picture. At the end, all alumni participants took part in a lottery with FLEX promotional prizes.
On May 15th, Rovshen Charyyev’08 (Ashgabat) gave an online talk on the following topic: “How we ended up in corporate world and how you can do the same”. FLEX alumnus has also invited his friend Mile Tasevski, who works as a Supply Planning Manager in Philips and helps university graduates to get their first job offers. During the talk, Rovshan and Mile shared their hands-on experience of working for big corporations, such as Amazon and Philips and discussed hiring and selection process in-depth, shared key tips for securing jobs in international companies. The alumni asked several questions about graduate trainee programs, scholarships and networking opportunities. Overall, 18 participants took part in this talk and 14 of them were FLEX alumni including alumni who connected from Russia, Turkey and Germany. The alumni found the talk very inspiring and they are motivated to use gained knowledge to apply for their first jobs.
In honor of 140th anniversary of Turkmen capital and eco-campaign in Turkmenistan, FLEX alumni took part in bike riding activity. The main idea of ecological action in Turkmenistan was to limit the use of vehicles in the capital and use bicycles instead. Thus, Tatyana Malyhina’10 organized bike riding activity jointly with 9 FLEX alumni around Ashgabat city. During the bike ride, lively talk took place regarding the importance of environment protection, gas emissions and everyone’s involvement in nature protection activities in Turkmenistan.
As Aylar Raimova’18 (Ashgabat) stated: “It became a good tradition to hold large-scale bike rides. I believe it encourages youth to practice sports”. Afterwards, FLEX alumni participated in outdoor picnic where they discussed ideas and plans for future events.