What were your personal highlights from your time at ESMT Berlin?
"ESMT provides quite an all-in experience. It is up to the student to make use of that. I particularly liked the great class diversity - cultural and educational - and the passionate discussions that it created. As the professors are all very motivated and eager to share their knowledge, the class dynamics were something so different from what I’ve experienced before. And then there is the life outside of campus which should not be forgotten; Berlin is a great city and really buzzing. As said, the all-in experience is what makes it unique."
What were your key takeaways from the MIM program?
"My main learnings at ESMT were to adapt quickly to very different surroundings and being able to deliver when needed. Especially at the beginning of the program, when you are fresh and new, I experienced that it was quite a busy time. We were dragged into group work, had to secure internships, were doing other activities on the side and had to study the course content. In hindsight I realise that it taught us how to priorities, work together and quickly create high-quality end-products. Academically, I truly enjoyed writing my thesis. It was fun doing something purely for yourself and getting to discuss your topic with your supervisor who is an expert in the field."
Did you participate in any student clubs? If so, which one and what were your tasks?
I was part of the steering committee of the DigitalFuture Summit 2018, responsible for the Corporate Relations. It was a lot of extra work but very rewarding when everything came together. A must-go for people who are considering to study at ESMT!
How have your studies at ESMT shaped your career thus far?
I secured my job during my internship, as you probably expected. In that sense, the curriculum helped me getting this job. If it wasn’t for the internship period, I probably wouldn’t have done an internship during my Master's. I feel that this is a crucial part of the MIM curriculum. You get to develop a feeling of what you truly like during the program, and you can test that by targeting an internship in an industry or company that matches that feeling. For me, this played out very well.
Any thoughts you like to share with future students?
ESMT and the MIM program offers you a very complete package to develop yourself and make a step professionally and personally. Don’t sit back and wait for it to come to you, but make use of that and absorb what you like. I think that the outcome of the program can be very different for any student. Be ambitious and willing to work hard and try to make the most out of it for yourself!