One of the most popular tips on how to find your career path is to turn your hobby into your job. And that’s exactly what Taliya Nurutdinova did. Beginning with her love of art, Taliya owns an art studio in Kazan, Russia and gives kids and adults an opportunity to fulfill their dream of learning how to draw and paint, and she is only 20 years old! Taliya shares her experiences on the thorny path to starting a business and offers some tips about studying abroad.

Vladimir Zabransky, a teacher and photographer, is among those who remember the origins of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and the way it has steadily grown. He has been making photos and taking autographs of the celebrities who have visited the festival for forty-nine consecutive years. Despite having an admirable work experience, he does not consider himself a professional in his line of work and humbly treats his passion for photography as a mere hobby. However, it's a hobby that has brought him global recognition and appreciation.

Did you know that Olympiads are not just meant for sportsmen? Every year, the most gifted and talented high school chemistry students from all over the world compete for gold medals in the International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO). Alexander Zhigalin and Ruslan Kotlyarov, the winners of this year’s ICHO, held in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand in July, share their success stories and give advice on how to train for such competitions. Let’s start from the very beginning.

Sydney-based designer Tania Gnecchi makes incredibly feminine and elegant jewellery. Simple, honest and very gentle, her pieces are real works of art. How difficult is it to design jewellery? How do you find your niche in the business? Do you still dream of becoming a jewellery designer but don’t know how to start? We hope that our interview with Tania will inspire you to launch a new startup.

Anna Bohlmark, a freelance journalist, wanted to do a documentary about the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda, but during her research she discovered the story of the Batwas – the keepers of the forest. Since the ’90s, when the Batwa people were literally evicted from the Lake Region forests of western Uganda, the authorities have earned approximately $600.00 from each tourist taking safari tours of the region. Even today, thousands of Batwa are discriminated against and face devastating poverty as they search constantly for a living on their own.

He’s not your everyday man. Be it the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, Mount Rushmore in the U.S., the London Eye, or the Forbidden City in China, Thorsten Mowes has cleaned all of these seemingly impossible-to-clean masterpieces and treasures. We have the opportunity to interview him and to learn more about his work.

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