Let’s take a look back in time – five years ago. I was anxiously anticipating my A-levels, not getting too much sleep and worrying about what my future would look like beyond this milestone. Throughout the time, there were many recurring thoughts about what I wanted to be and what I wanted to do in my future. They were, with each passing week, different and new. Too many interests, too many wishes for who I wanted to become – and having a hard time giving up even a single one. Today I realize that I was subconsciously looking for a solution that bundles interests and opportunities into one package. This led me to apply at Commerzbank for a dual study program in business administration, which allowed me to tap into banking and finance not only from an academic point of view but also collect working experience in the field. This interlocking of theory and practice proved to be a powerful catalyst to my learning experience.
When it came to crossing the next milestone, graduating from my bachelor program, I tried to keep continuing with such a solution, hence the Master in Management at Frankfurt School, which I am now attending as part of the class of 2022. My week is structured into three days of working as a Scrum Master for Commerzbank and three days of lectures and studying at Frankfurt School. This enhances my overall learning and development to a maximum – I am able to apply many key aspects of managerial studies directly in what I do at work. This includes agile theory, facilitating an agile transformation with the team I am working with and continuously trying to stabilize, support and enhance their delivery capabilities. The Master in Management program supports this by providing many interesting insights from a research point of view. Additionally, it challenges my thinking and ensures that I do not stop developing myself and my skillset into beforehand rather unknown terrain. The content taught at Frankfurt School is designed to be applicable, which makes it easier to connect my job tightly with the studies.
All of this does not come without a price and some sacrifices to make – a six-day week can take its toll on you, especially if sustained over a long period of time. For this reason, it is just as important to take breaks actively and really get to know yourself, understanding where your own limits are and what allows you to reduce stress. This involves practicing gratitude, being thankful and kind to yourself in your inner dialogue, as well as allowing yourself to ask for help, to trust and also rely on others if needed. It took me a while to understand that these are lessons resulting from the duality of studying with a cooperation partner. Not only do I grow in terms of learning hard skills and knowledge – the really important growth is within me, learning about who I am, what I want to do, what I can and cannot give, learning to discern between my strengths and my weaknesses. That is the biggest gift from my time at Frankfurt School, and it does not stop after graduating – it is something I can grow in and learn throughout my whole life.