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Fran Shollo and Dhruv Krishnaraj

An inspirational leader who forged ahead with a pioneering business to help international students, employers and Higher Education institutions shared his story with future entrepreneurs at the University.

Students and staff welcomed Dhruv Krishnaraj, Co-Founder and Director of Student Circus, to Chester Business School in October, to discuss setting up the first-of-a-kind smart job-search platform for international students in the UK.

He talked to first years studying the Essentials of Entrepreneurship module as part of their degree, which aims to bring theory and practice together by introducing different guest speakers every week.

Fran Shollo, Module Leader and Tutor, was keen for students to hear from Dhruv as she had benefitted from his insights years before.

She said: “I met Dhruv at a conference in London when I was a student myself, his entrepreneurship journey was truly inspiring.

“I have always seen entrepreneurship as a way of giving back to the society and making an impact, therefore, I wanted my students to get the same motivation and encouragement that I had once received. I am glad our level 4 students at Chester Business School enjoyed Dhruv’s talk, and I was impressed to hear some excellent questions from our future entrepreneurs in the audience.”

Dhruv explained how he came to the UK from India to do a Master of Science in Management in 2014 and wanted to gain work experience to enhance his skills. Having faced challenges searching for a job in the UK, he came up with the unique idea of developing the job-search platform specifically for international students.

Mirrored by the experiences of co-founder, another international postgraduate Tripti Maheshwari, they were given the opportunity to start Student Circus together, with a Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.

Student Circus has since proved successful in achieving its aims of filtering opportunities from companies which sponsor work visas for graduates to provide students with credible and direct solutions, while universities can focus on offering the best support and increasing student satisfaction levels, and employers can hire top global talent.

Dhruv said: “Thank you Fran for inviting me to Chester Business School. I enjoyed sharing our journey with the students and they had some wonderful questions. Wishing them all the best in formulating their business ideas.”

He added: “It’s great to see the team, including Cheryl Sørensen and Dr Ying Zhao giving students the chance to hear first-hand, and discuss, real-life experiences.”

Dr Ying Zhao, Module Tutor, said: “Dhruv delivered a very inspiring speech. He inspired students with his courage, problem-solving, entrepreneurial mindset, and ‘never say never’ spirit. I wish his company even greater success.”

Cheryl Sorensen, Learning Facilitator/Learning Designer, added: “Dhruv was an amazing guest speaker, inspiring and humble with a touch of humour.”

For more about Dhruv and Student Circus, please visit: https://studentcircus.com.

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