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Part-time MBA / 27 July, 2020
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Part-time MBA class of 2022
Talal is from Pakistan and is currently working as a Data Engineer in Hamburg. He is a candidate for the Part-time MBA class of 2022 at Frankfurt School in Hamburg.

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Why Frankfurt School and why Hamburg?

Some people travel on the weekends to attend classes in another city and this can be quite exhausting. I am very fortunate that I currently live and work in Hamburg, therefore, doing an MBA here was a no brainer for me. It is also a beautiful port city with a large international presence. I am very lucky that Frankfurt School has a campus here, as it is one of the top ranked business schools in the country. I am confident the participant-centered learning approach will give me the requisite skills needed to achieve my goals.

The moment that clinched it for me was my interview with Prof. Dr. Wolfgang J. Reittinger (Academic Director Part-time MBA in Hamburg) at Frankfurt School in Hamburg. It was more a conversation than an interview, we discussed a wide range of topics and interests. The interview left me with an appetite for more conversations with him and other excellent faculty members at the university as well as with my future classmates.

Things change, people change too

I have always been the „technical“ person; interested more in the hard sciences than anything else. I especially loved mathematics in high school. While other kids would be going out in the evenings and enjoying their teenage years, I would be studying at home and be 2-3 chapters ahead of the class. Of course, this introvert (-ish, I would argue) behavior directly contributed to my awkward demeanor and lack of social skills at the time. For this and a few other reasons, I never imaged I would be pursuing an MBA in my life.

15 years and two engineering degrees later, I am really looking forward to starting my Part-time MBA at Frankfurt School in Hamburg this fall.

Is entrepreneurship for me? Let’s find out

For the past 5 years, I have been working as a data engineer in Germany. In my experience, such a role encompasses a multitude of tasks: data transformation and analyses, backend and frontend development, database administration, stakeholder management etc. So, I am not an expert in any one domain but I have been able to gain a very diverse skillset in the field of software engineering in general. And the question I have been asking myself, yes that very cliché question you get asked in every interview, where do I see myself in 5 years? And in 10 years? Do I become an expert in one of the aforementioned fields?

The answer is, no. I have now grown an interest in product vision and development. I have started to think about the lifecycle of a product and how should it evolve to provide the most value to the customers. In my case the end users have mostly been data scientists and analysts within my company who, for example, use the data collected to develop different models. I believe  my transition into such a role would require me to be more of an entrepreneur and a manager (along with being an engineer of course), so I realized I need to learn more about entrepreneurship, managerial data science, operations management, marketing, finance etc.

Let the learning begin!