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MIM Alumni Q & A

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Riccardo Cocchini

Riccardo Cocchini

Nationality: Italian/Swiss
Study background before ESMT: Business and Economics
Job position after graduation: Procurement Manager at Audi AG in Ingolstadt

What did you like about ESMT?

I was enthusiastic at the hands-on approach adopted by ESMT.
Working together with fellow students from 29 different countries, international faculty and major global corporations represented a truly challenging and thrilling experience. Moderately sized classes allow for a personal one-to-one relationship with fellows, professors and staff to the benefit of a prime educational experience.

What did you learn?

Both traditional as well as entrepreneurship-oriented courses were taught in a dynamic, applied and participative fashion. This carries the benefit of not only learning subjects, but also of developing interpersonal and analytical skills.

How did ESMT help you transition into your career?

ESMT exposes its students to an extensive network of alumni, corporations and events. This allows candidates to get insights from a variety of industries and business practices, thus connecting with those which raise one's interest the most.
The program structure was co-designed with prominent corporations and aims at developing candidates as individuals, not only as students, making in this way a MIM curriculum particularly attractive to potential first-class employers.

Riccardo Cocchini - Master's in Management Alum
Geng GENG (耿耿)

Geng GENG (耿耿)

Nationality: Chinese
Study background before ESMT: Financial Management
Job position after graduation: Graduate Program at Allianz in Munich, Germany

What did you like about ESMT?

"The best part of my experience in Berlin was the ESMT team. They were always available and helped us students out in case of any confusions or challenges, which I sincerely appreciated.“

What did you learn?

“The investment industry is looking for determined, adaptive and professional talent, and the ESMT Berlin MIM helped me to develop these required qualifications. The courses focus on how to learn quickly and independently and include soft skills workshops, which taught me how to interact more professionally."

How did ESMT help you transition into your career?

"The Career Services team at ESMT provided me with the support and methodologies to set my career goals and to specify my interests. These features helped me to successfully stand out among 250 applicants for the position to which I applied: So here I am now, working in the graduate program at Allianz Investment Management!"

Geng Geng - Master’s in Management Alumna
Geng Geng - Master’s in Management Alumna
Funda Kirezci

Funda Kirezci

Nationality: Turkish
Study background before ESMT: Chemical Engineering
Job position after graduation: Merchandise Planning Assistant in Category Management at Zalando in Berlin

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Kateryna Malysheva

Kateryna Malysheva

Nationality: Ukrainian
Study background before ESMT: Economics
Job position after graduation: Energy Consultant at PwC in Munich

What did you like about ESMT?

"I enjoyed working in intercultural teams throughout the program. I am also convinced that the workload and time pressure, which we underwent during the modules, perfectly prepared us for the real working life."

How did the MIM help you transition into your career?

“Every bit of the MIM program contributed to my successful career transition. I think "conventional" universities do not put enough emphasis on the training of the soft skills, and this is something that ESMT is really good at. I acquired field expertise during my internship at Apricum, a boutique consultancy for the renewables based in Berlin. I perfected my analytical skills during the Value Chain Analytics specialization, and I applied all the knowledge learned during the social impact project with Deloitte. The MIM program equipped me with all the necessary skills and experiences to qualify for the position of a Business Consultant in the energy industry at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.”

Kateryna Malysheva - Master’s in Management Alumna
Kateryna Malysheva - Master’s in Management Alumna


 

Matida Ndlovu

Matida Ndlovu

Nationality: Zimbabwean
Study background before ESMT: Electrical Engineering & IT
Job position after graduation: ESMT Responsible Leaders Fellow at AfriLabs Foundation

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Ognjen Obucina

Ognjen Obucina

Nationality: Serbian/British
Study background before ESMT: Foreign Trade & Economics
Job position after graduation: Junior Consultant at Full Circle Consulting

What did you like about ESMT?

"The diversity at ESMT Berlin is what drew me to the school in the first place. Learning how people from all over the world think and solve problems was truly eye opening. Second, the program is punishing and demanding. This turned out to be extremely positive, as it taught me how to prioritize when balancing multiple projects at once and how to work under pressure."

What did you learn?

"Everything I learned at ESMT Berlin has turned out to be useful one way or another. Beyond developing purely technical skills, I also learned how to think critically, how to act decisively and how to work - both as leaders and equal team members. I developed soft skills and emotional intelligence and this, I feel, is something that is lacking in many other schools. Personally, my biggest lesson was: Work on maximizing your strengths, rather than minimizing your weaknesses."

How did the MIM help you transition into your career?

"ESMT Berlin showed me that no task is insurmountable and it is this newly instilled attitude that has helped me transition into the "real" world of business. I have developed an attention to detail while keeping the ability to stay focused and this has helped me launch my career as a Consultant in the Oil & Gas Industry."

Ognjen Obucina - Master’s in Management Alum
Nelly Ogonda

Nelly Ogonda

Nationality: Kenyan (Kofi Annan Fellow)
Study background before ESMT: Mathematics
Job position after graduation: Graduate Rotational Program at RBC Luxembourg (Royal Bank of Canada Investor and Treasury Services)

What did you like about ESMT?

“ESMT Berlin is an amazing, fun and vibrant place to study. The learning experience during the MIM program was very practical. The school strives to link theory gained in class to real life business problems through class simulations and internships."

What did you learn?

"The courses focus on developing strong business fundamentals and training students to be better managers. The aim is to achieve sustainability and competitiveness in companies by considering social, environmental and economic matters in a holistic approach to handle constantly changing technologies and the challenging business world."

How did the MIM help you transition into your career?

"The well-rounded program enriched my knowledge and skills, helped me excel during my internship at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt and at the RBC assessment center in Luxembourg where I am about to start a Graduate Rotational Program in September. The learning experience at ESMT has expanded my horizons and motivated me to strive beyond my self-imposed limitations. I have discovered my strengths and potential in areas that I had not been aware of. It was a worthy choice to study the MIM program at ESMT Berlin.”

Nelly Ogonda - Master’s in Management Alumna
Nelly Ogonda - Master’s in Management Alumna
Bar Schwarz

Bar Schwarz

Nationality: Israeli
Study background before ESMT: Software Engineering
Job position after graduation: Product Manager at Raisin Global in Berlin

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Yash Shah

Yash Shah

Nationality: Indian
Study background before ESMT: Mechanical Engineering
Job position after graduation: Product Supply Manager at Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt

What did you like about ESMT?

"The thing that I liked the most about ESMT Berlin is the international learning atmosphere. The diversity of ideas and expertise coupled with the experience of the professors is certainly unique and were the highlight of my experience at ESMT. I also loved how the simulations and business cases were taught using a hands-on approach. They helped to connect theoretical knowledge with practical insights."

What did you learn?

"I learned many new things about the business world that I was oblivious of due to my earlier focus on technical studies. This helped me prepare myself to step into managerial role immediately after graduation."

How did the MIM help you transition into your career?

"ESMT provided me business knowledge and taught me how to use a structured approach to real world business issues. As an engineer, I greatly benefited from delving deeper into the management principles behind the successes as well as the failures of MNCs. ESMT prepared me for the business world and helped me advance my career."

Yash Shah - Master’s in Management Alum