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  • 5 reasons that will make you want to work and live in Plovdiv

    December 2, 2014

    By Virginia Momtchilova


    As a Recruitment Director in a big corporation like TELUS International and working in the outsourcing sector, an industry that develops and grows very fast both in terms of workforce and size in the Bulgarian marketplace, I always try to stay up to date with the requirements that the industry poses to the labor market and the future trends.

    In this article I want to point your attention to a Bulgarian city with untapped potential for development of the outsourcing sector. This city offers great work-life balance and living conditions in terms of infrastructure, geographical location, culture and education as it is an important economic, transport, cultural and educational center for Bulgaria. I’m referring to Plovdiv, the second-largest city in Bulgaria after the capital Sofia with a population of 341,041 inhabitants.

    Plovdiv offers you more than enough reasons to live and work there. Check out our top 5:

    1. Plovdiv is the 6th best tourist destination in the world for 2015

    Bulgarian city of Plovdiv has been ranked 6th in a list of the hottest destinations in the world to visit in 2015 which has been announced by esteemed international guidebook publisher Lonely Planet. According to the Lonely Planet’s ranking, Plovdiv is among the top 10 tourist destinations for 2015 after Washington DC, El Chalten, Milan, Zermatt, and Valletta, surpassing cities like Vienna, Shanghai, and Toronto. Lonely Planet’s experts describe Plovdiv as: “One of Europe’s most beautiful Old Towns, a backdrop of the Rhodope Mountains, historical treasures, smoldering nightlife. There’s a wealth of reasons to explore Plovdiv, but recent decades have polished Bulgaria’s second city.” You can check out more about Plovdiv in Lonely Planet here.

    2. Candidate for European Capital of Culture for 2019

    The city of Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s choice to become European Capital of Culture 2019. The city is to receive a total of BGN 20 million to implement the program with which it won the competition. Plovdiv is the oldest city in Europe, which has survived through 8 millenniums uniting civilizations, religions and people. It highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe. Plovdiv will be trending in the next couple of years due to the cultural program that it should carry out as a candidate for European Capital of Culture for 2019.

    3. Living conditions – all you need in a city

    Plovdiv is one of the major administrative, industrial, transport, educational and tourist centers in the country and one of the fastest growing cities. It has well-developed transport infrastructure including an international airport. Plovdiv has 2 universities, 3 language schools and 10 100 graduates per year. According to surveys, Plovdiv also has a higher quality of life than Sofia. Its multicultural character, vibrant art and culture scene, museums and galleries, design, architecture and dance weeks, the international fair (one of the most important trade events and one of the largest exhibition centers in Southeastern Europe) and summer arts festivals will keep your social calendar full. Plovdiv is a great place to enjoy yourself in more casual ways too, whether by day or by night with variety of bars, pubs and clubs.

    4. Variety of work opportunities

    The demographic indicators, the strategic geographic location, the high quality of life, and the well-developed educational system made Plovdiv the second most attractive investment hub in Bulgaria for IT and business process outsourcing. An increasing number of young people remain in the city lured by the good opportunities for career development. “Our city has the potential to open 5,000 new jobs in the field of outsourcing over the next 3 years,” said Plovdiv’s Mayor, Ivan Totev, at the Outsourcing Destination Bulgaria forum held last month in Plovdiv.

    We at TELUS International Europe offer variety of job opportunities in the outsourcing sector. We are a multilingual contact center meeting the customer care needs of some of the world’s largest brands. We opened our offices in Plovdiv back in 2010. Now, we have over 150 team members in Plovdiv with a capacity for another new 200 positions. Apart from that we also have offices in Sofia, Bucharest and Craiova in Romania. Explore the available positions in our careers section and become part of the TELUS International family with over 16 000 team members.

    Get to know us by watching the join our team and who we are videos.

    5. Great benefits and work environment

    Our team is multinational, our work environment is dynamic and provides our team members with the opportunity to develop not only their professional skills, but also to discover the area in which they wish to continue their career development. Our internship programs in the administrative departments provide our team members the opportunity to experiment with their career while being part of both our administrative and our operational teams. Apart from that we offer an extensive social benefits package including health insurance and food vouchers. Our many Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives throughout the year make us a preferred employer by many young people. Check out the video from this year’s TELUS Day of Giving in Bulgaria.

    We’ll be happy to have you in our team in Plovdiv and not only!


    Virginia Momtchilova is Recruitment Director at TELUS International Europe

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