Insights from a MSc student - Katharina Eicke

Insights from a MSc student - Katharina Eicke

“Think about where you want to work in the end and who you want to work for and with. The master will be the first step into that direction.”

Katharina Eicke, MSc International Management / CEMS participant


Age: 25
Home city and country: Mainz, Germany
Previous studies: International Business and Management

Why did you decide to do this MSc programme and why did you choose RSM?

I decided to study international management because of its practical orientation. There are a lot of opportunities for getting in contact with future employers, such as company dinners, in-house days or career fairs. Moreover, studying and doing an internship abroad were important aspects for me to choose this programme. Finally, RSM is a well-ranked university with good job prospects.


What do you like the most about your programme and which have been your favourite courses so far?

I love the international atmosphere of the master programme. We are from 26 countries and working and living together is both a lot of fun and a little bit of a challenge. I haven’t had a lot of courses yet, but international strategy has been my favourite course so far, as we did a lot of teamwork with fellow students and because the lecturers provided a lot of practical examples to make the theory a little more exciting.


What are your fellow students like?

The people I study with me are the best part of the programme. Everybody has gotten around quite a bit and has interesting stories to tell. Also, everybody is very open-minded and outgoing, so making new friends comes along easy.


What are the biggest differences between your master and your previous bachelor studies?

Classes are much more interactive now and there are lots of discussions coming up. The studying itself is not so much different than during the bachelor, but you must be prepared for more studying and less leisure time. 


What has been the biggest challenge in the MSc programme so far, and how are you dealing with it?

The biggest challenges are the big reading workload and the large amount of assignments to be handed in during the programme. We have to read a lot of articles and finish many assignments every week. It’s possible to handle everything, as long as you keep up with the materials during the block and manage your time wisely.


What is a normal day like at RSM?

A normal day at RSM starts with a lecture in the morning. After the first three hours of class, everybody has a social lunch together at the canteen or at the Erasmus Pavilion. After eating and chatting with friends, it’s time to get going for a team assignment. Fortunately, there is always time for a coffee break. The best days end with a beer in the university’s bar De Smitse.


How are you experiencing life in Rotterdam?

I enjoy the city a lot. There are lots of things to do: Going out for food or drinks, partying, sports or shopping. Kralingen is the best area to live, because the majority of the students live there and its close to both the university and the city centre. Another great thing about Rotterdam is that The Hague and Amsterdam are easy to get to.


What advice would you give to future MSc students?

Inform yourself well about the different master orientations there are, especially at RSM. There are many interesting programmes offering different opportunities. Think about where you want to work in the end and who you want to work for and with. The master will be the first step into that direction. Also, try to gain as much practical experience as possible and think about engaging in some extra-curricular activities. It’s a great way to get some distraction from studying and meet new people.


What would you like to do after your MSc programme and what are your long-term plans?
After finishing the international management programme, I hope that there will be some time left for travelling and discovering the world. Latin America and Southern Africa are on top of my travel list. In the long run, I would like to work internationally, preferably in London or Paris. Especially strategic planning in a large multinational enterprise has caught my interest and I hope that I will be able to find a job in that area.