How my experience in Journalism and Social Sciences translates into Management
Master in Management / 2 May 2022
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Before coming to Frankfurt School, Maximilian graduated from the Cologne School of Journalism and did a bachelor’s in Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. He interned in consulting at Horváth, BMC Strategy and Edelman and in communications at McKinsey, Capital and WirtschaftsWoche. Maximilian is an Executive Director of the European Carbon Offset Tokenization Association.

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Two things that I love since getting into high school are learning something new every other day and discussing my perspective with others. To express this, after high school, I went to the Cologne School of Journalism for Politics & Business and simultaneously did a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. During this time, I did five internships in Journalism and Public Relations, for example at Capital and McKinsey. As a freelancer, I wrote for some well-known German magazines like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung or WirtschaftsWoche.

After graduating, I felt the need to combine the strong analytical skills that this education gave me with a business context to apply my theory skills in the real world. Journalists are great referees, but if a game is boring, the best referee can only do so much. I wanted to actually change something instead of only analyzing and criticizing from the sideline – what I felt journalists most of the time do.

Scheming the transition

So I searched online for a master’s that had a strong emphasis on research and implementation. As I wanted to stay in Germany, private universities offered me the option to do a management master’s without a business-related bachelor’s degree. One offer that I stumbled upon was Frankfurt School’s Master in Management (MiM) programme.

After a couple of weeks of essay writing and interviews, I got accepted into multiple German private universities. I ultimately choose Frankfurt School because of the unique combination of management and finance in Europe’s financial center that supports my passions for investing and teaming up with like-minded people with entrepreneurial mindsets.

Venturing into the unknown

Going into my first semester, I was unsure if my education in Social Sciences and journalism would be a good fit for a graduate education in management. Now, one and a half semesters into the MiM, I can say that coming from a science rather than a business bachelor’s is a great basis to start a career in management.

Two things that are crucial if you want to succeed in the MiM are knowing how to research and how to tell a good story. You should know what credible sources are and where you can find them. You should like creating a storyline and thinking about what is relevant for your listeners or readers when you work in groups to craft presentations and essays. And you should use scientific methods instead of just randomly coming up with answers. This is exactly what Social Sciences taught me in my bachelor’s and I am very grateful for that.

Through my experience, I can contribute new perspectives to a diverse class discussion. Sure, a business degree is useful for a management master’s, but the arguments from my peers coming from sciences or arts add a lot of valuable insights into every group work. Especially my skills in writing and analyzing come in handy: For example, if we draft write-ups in our courses on evidence-based management and leadership or prepare slide decks for our modules on marketing and strategic management. Managers are storytellers – coming up with good and convincing narratives is imperative to become a great manager. And switching fields from science to business is a wonderful narrative in and of itself.