Time is a mirror of our future

A typical day for student Daniyar Beisenov at Kangnam University's library (Photo: Almagul Magambetova)

A typical day for student Daniyar Beisenov at Kangnam University’s library.
(Photo: Almagul Magambetova)

Editor’s note: The following is Part 1 of 4 of a series that looks at how Kangnam University’s students are pursuing their dreams.

Investment is one of the most valuable ways to earn future income. Whether it is financial investment such as putting our money in assets or economic investment in factories, machinery, and goods, there is an expectation of further income — a return. How about the investment of our time? All of us have the same 24 hours (1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds) each day to manage, and we expect a return on that, too.

Students spend their time, however, in different ways. Some enjoy their twenties airily reaxing with friends. Others work at a part-time job, thankful for the chance to earn extra money. But do those things help our education, the education that leads to graduation then a career?

The modern world has lots of rules on how to exist in society. In order to have good jobs, we have to follow those rules and make ourselves as competitive as possible — hence the importance of investing our time well. How should students manage their time? What will bring the best return on our investment? One student has an answer that is working well for him.

21-year-old Daniyar Beisenov is an international student from Kazakhstan who is finishing a dual degree program between Kangnam University and Kazakh Economic University, studying business administration here and finance back home. While many students spent their winter vacation having fun, he spent his studying in the library almost every day. “I will graduate from Kangnam University this summer,” he explains. “I have to study a lot to fulfill all the requirements of my universities.”

In 2011 Beisenov graduated with excellence from Kazakh Economic University with his first diploma as a qualified financier. During an internship, he made the decision to be a financial analyst. “Nowadays, Kazakhstan needs highly qualified specialists to develop the entire national economic system,” he says.

Beisenov enjoys what he does, choosing his career path in finance when he was only 15 years old. “I started to love finance when I first saw financial graphs in middle school. Of course, at that time, I didn’t understand what they meant.”

He sees his career path as one that is realistic and achievable, though not without some sacrifice. Like most students, he would also like to enjoy his twenties. Instead, he keeps his nose in a book and his mind on the future. After Beisenov graduates he plans to continue studying in Korea and earn a master’s degree in finance.

“I love South Korea,” he says. “It is a country with big achievements and opportunities. South Korea had its “Miracle on the Han River”. I want to have my own some day. I believe the time I’m spending to make my plans a reality will bring a valuable payback in the future.”

Beisenov’s paycheck, however, is not just actual one. “Money shouldn’t be the main purpose in our life,” he says. “My priority is to be an expert in my job, doing things that light my fire.”

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