In Jan 2018, I informed my manager that I would be quitting soon to pursue my Full-time MBA. She was mildly confused and simply asked me, why? Life was perfect as a Marketing Manager at a manufacturing firm in Stuttgart, Germany. Taking a sabbatical from a comfortable job seemed fairly sensitive and risky. However, I was convinced that I should do my MBA now, or never. After rigorous weeks of GMAT preparation, MBA school applications, admissions, I was enrolled in the programme at Frankfurt School, Class of 2019.
At the start of the programme, we learned that there are three important aspects, essential to have an overall good career in Germany. First of all, German Language – it is essential to learn the language at best conversational level. Although the working language in many companies is primarily German and English, many employers expect a working level of German in order to ensure an inclusive and collaborative environment. Secondly, Goal Identification – During the MBA programme, it is important to take into consideration your preference for industry, functionality, and geographic location for your next job. My MBA colleagues come from different industries and functionalities, making it easier for me to learn about their experience. Lastly, Go Ahead! – Networking events, job fairs, career events, industry talks, and alumni gatherings are potential places that provide current job trends.
My elective course, Building a start-up taught by Mr. Carsten Lebtig, kindled the entrepreneurship spirit in me. In order to prepare for a startup work experience, I attended many startup events throughout Germany. I prepared my resume to highlight my entrepreneurial skills and achievements, while podcasts and blogs on start-up jobs helped me to get an idea. I also attended mock interviews with fellow classmates who have already worked in startups.
Thanks to the Startup Night organized by Frankfurt School’s Career Services team in April 2019, I met with Fintiba GmbH, the fin-tech start-up based in Frankfurt. Fintiba offers fully digital services for international students by providing blocked accounts and health insurance. Having used their services myself as a student, I was intrigued to talk to them at the career event. It was surprising to see that India was their second major target market and they were looking for a Business Intelligence Specialist focusing on the Indian market.
After preliminary discussions with the team, I was offered an MBA Thesis project. This is crucial when making a career choice, as it gave me further insight into the company culture and role. I took up this opportunity of a very challenging yet very exciting Individual Consultation Project.
Start-ups are usually fast-paced, transparent, close-knit and most importantly – result oriented. It gives an opportunity to understand the different functionalities of business in close quarters. During my three month thesis period, I was able to identify one of the key challenges, and also propose a strategic solution with KPI’s defined. My supervisor and my team recognized my potential and ability to work with an international team. Immediately following graduation, I was offered a full-time job as a Marketing and Communications Specialist at Fintiba GmbH here in Frankfurt. A role I was happy to step into with a company I enjoy working with!