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Hello again. This week I am going to tell you a little about my specialization Strategy and Organization. This specialization is really the reason that I came to this school. I had my first experiences dealing with strategy in my bachelor studies as my capstone class was based upon strategic management. I discovered that I really liked the topic and decided later to expand more into the subject by doing an internship in strategy consulting with Arthur D. Little. Out of all of the experience that I had before I have to say that I rank the time there as the best experience that I have had till then. So needless to say I was excited when I saw that the European Business School was offering a specialization in strategy and organization.
Now that I have begun the semester and have seen where the specialization is headed as far as course content is concerned I must say that I am not disappointed. The literature that we are working with is top of its class, and there is even a real live consulting project integrated into the course. The module is actually broken into four sections: a seminar paper, the field study, a strategy class, and an organization and governance class. The range of the classes is definitely going to make this specialization a challenging but rewarding program which I expect to take a lot from.
The professors of the classes are very knowledgeable about the subjects and are able to effectively utilize real world situations and content to convey the theoretical concepts and principles. They foster a class atmosphere that stimulates productive topic discussions and debates, which really contributes to the learning process. The thing I probably like the best about the class is the level of interactivity in addition to the discussion topics. I would definitely recommend the specialization and the teachers to prospective students especially if they are interested in the area of consulting. See you next week.
My semester started at the very beginning of the New Year 2010 on January 7th. Because the date was so close to Christmas, I was not able to arrive in Barcelona a long time before university started. My first day was an introduction day where we got most of the important information about the university, the lectures, and about Barcelona in general.
From the second day on we started with our normal lectures and courses, and it did not take long for me to find out the first differences between the system here and the system at the EBS. A very obvious difference was the size of the university; there are around 5,000 to 6,000 students here, which people here say is a small university!
Generally, the whole system is more similar to high school. In the lectures here there is a maximum of 30 students. In every subject we have two two-hour lectures and one exercise group a week, which means most of the learning is done in class. Additionally, our participation during the lectures and our weekly homework (!) make up around 30%-50% of our grades in most of the subjects. The only difference which is not similar to my time in high school is the times our lectures start. As all of us know, punctuality is more important in Germany than in the majority of the more southern countries in Europe. Our lectures don’t ever start before 10 minutes after the official time they are meant to start. Well, viva España!!!
Well, it was a long day but productive day today. I woke up this morning and decided that it was time to get organized. One of the main skills that one must bring to the European Business School is a high level of organization. Our program is set up in a way which inspires rigorous and detailed self-management. We have a lot of deadlines and an irregular class schedule that forces students to pay close attention to timelines and appointments. I think it is great preparation for the challenging scheduling of true working life, and it is once again a display of the multi-faceted education that is provided at our university.
Today I started off by collecting and organizing all of this semester’s class materials and allocating dates and deadlines to my calendar and to-do list. I organized my emails and setup up computer folders to make a place for everything to go. I try to pay attention to making things easily accessible and easily findable. It makes no sense to have information and material if you can’t find it. It always seems like a daunting task when you first look at the large amount of material, but once you establish order it all becomes much more manageable. I think the best way to go about organization is just to start doing it. Diligent organization is probably one of the most helpful tools when it comes to being successful at this school. I must say it is always astounding to see just how much of an impact good organization actually has. It really makes my life much easier when I have a good perspective over all of the things I have to do.
I must say that since I arrived at EBS I have sharpened my personal organizational skills considerably (even though I had considered myself organized before I came here). I am sure that I will look back upon my days here and appreciate the organizational skills that I have developed. I guess the next step of the process now is to leverage my newfound level of organization and get to work. See you next week!
Currently I am an exchange student at the UPF (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) in Barcelona, Spain. You might be wondering how, out of all the countries in the world, I decided to come to Spain. The first decision I made was to go to a Spanish speaking country because I am studying Business Languages. Finally, I wanted to get my Spanish skills to a standard where I would be able to speak fluently. Additionally, I had already been to Spain several times and enjoyed the culture and the mentality of the people a lot. The open-mindedness, the music and dances, the food and the laid back and generally sociable attitude of the people are some of the things I really enjoyed.
Regarding my choice of university in Spain, the UPF is the second best business school in Spain and is a short distance to the beach-- in addition to the good weather. These were factors that made it even easier to decide to come here. At the end of the day, the semester abroad is not supposed to be solely about academics but also a time where we as students are meant to experience different cultures and different systems of learning. It is a time where we are able to meet new people, where we have to show that we are able to adapt to new surroundings, and where we have to learn to organise ourselves and be more independent.
This week’s blog is the final Part III from last week’s blog where I told you about the competition stage of the Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009.
…After many a coffee to keep me awake, it was announced that later that afternoon three teams would present in the auditorium in front of a panel of nine Judges and all other participants of the competition. The teams would be announced once we were all seated in the auditorium. You can picture the scene, twenty-seven excited, nervous and anxious participants walking through the streets of Karlsruhe to the auditorium, all discussing their chances of selection and their presentation strategies.
We all took our seats in the auditorium and the proceedings got underway, and the teams in the final showdown announced were from group 1; United States, group 2; India and group 3; Denmark…
My heart sank; we had not made the final three…
In times like these I always think of a saying I heard once which says that professional athletes make extremely good consultants, as they recover from their failures really quickly. Therefore, I decided to enjoy the rest of my time in Karlsruhe, network with some of the interesting people. After all the experience is what you make of it. So I sat back in my chair in the auditorium, relaxed and watched how the three finalists were grilled by the panel of judges, comprised of executives, senior management and professors.
At the awards’ dinner (which was an extremely stylish affair) in the Hotel’s banqueting room, the winner was to be announced. The rest of us all had our own personal take on who ought to win, but as in every competition the judges’ decision is the final say! The dinner was a lovely three course meal with matched wines for each course, an impressive evening. I had a number of good conversations with other participants about internship opportunities and particularly with one of the directors of the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship about a start-up business incubator project.
Finally the time came for the announcement of the winner, 3rd place was taken by the United States, 2nd by India and Denmark won the competition. I was delighted, as I had felt they were the best team too. Everyone was congratulating the three teams and with just dessert still to go, the dinner part of the evening was coming to an end.
The after-party was held in a nearby c lub, of which an entire section was reserved just for us, including complete VIP treatment. It suffices to say that the party was awesome as everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, and a good few friendships were pursued into the early hours of the morning.
Although it has only been a few months since the competition, I am still in contact with some of the good people I met there and have in turn opened up a possible internship opportunity and the other opportunities are still out there waiting for me to find them. All in all the competition was a really positive, value adding and enriching experience which I would highly recommend to everyone.
- Wochenrückblick: Die ewige Exposition
- Wochenrückblick: Was das Eis uns lehrt
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 1
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 2
- Wochenrückblick: Die Unkalkulierbarkeit des Lebens eines Juristen als Wettervorhersage
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 3
- Chinesisch für Anfänger - Part 4
- Wochenrückblick: Einen Moment, bitte
- Langeweile? Fremdwort!
- Was machen wir eigentlich? Also inhaltlich und akademisch?
- A few thoughts on searching for a specific Internship
- Die lieben "Tauschies"
- Buch? Skript? Bib? Wikipedia?
- Der typische Tag eines EBSlers I - die brutale Variante :)
- Der ganz (un-)normale Wahnsinn
- Der typische Tag eines EBSlers II - die „gechillte“ Variante :)
- Citi Group Business Knigge Seminar
- Hey everyone!
- "Woohoo, I'm there!"
- My first exposure to: the Cradle to Cradle design concept
- Introducing myself …
- The Amazing “New Philanthropy”
- Monday, Jan. 10th
- Dance 4 life …
- Tuesday, Jan. 11th
- Wednesday, Jan. 12th
- Ms. Orzala Ahshraf Nemat – More than a Leader
- Thursday, Jan. 13th
- Friday, Jan. 14th
- Back to business ...
- Neues Semester, neues Glück
- Business as usual
- Der frühe Vogel fängt den ... äh, die gewünschte Auslandsuni :)
- Und das ist erst der Anfang...
- Life@EBS... oder eben gerade nicht?
- Die erste nächtliche Arbeitssitzung an der EBS
- Getting ready for the middle country
- My Thoughts on Ethics
- Studentenalltag in Oestrich-Winkel
- „Pourquoi avez-vous choisi le Françasis?“
- Erste Vorlesungen und Company Presentation
- Introduction: Der Neue
- Das EBS Symposium 2010
- Reges Treiben auf dem Campus
- Synergizing Networking and Time-management
- Die Angebot des Symposiums
- Final Countdown
- Ein optimaler Start
- Networking Barbeque
- Die Sonne scheint!
- König Fußball
- Der argentinische Vize-Präsident und ich ...
- Opportunity Costs
- Symposium - unser „Erstes“
- The Turkish Night
- Imposanter Morgen
- Souveräner Schlusspunkt
- Gedanken zum EBS-Symposium (aus „Quietschie“-Sicht)
- Ein glückliches Team
- Reflections on my Master’s Thesis
- Career Forum
- Alltag @ EBS?
- Starting in China
- Class Composition
- What is “Green” in 200 words?
- First impressions
- Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009: Part I
- In Focus: Incentives
- Internship Hunting
- Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009: Part II
- EBS Bachelor Blogger: Maike
- Supply Chain Management at EBS
- The Path of a Leader
- Funding Options
- Karlsruhe Business Masters Challenge 2009: Part III
- Why I Chose to Study Abroad in Spain
- Getting Organized
- My First Week in Spain
- Strategy and Organization