Name : Alexander Schabel
Current job title : general manager at Institute for Social and Sustainable Oikonomics (ISSO)
Year of graduation : 2011
Nationality : German
Why did you choose this MSc?
“After finishing my BSc in International Business, I actively searched for a master programme that would go beyond the familiar career paths for a business student. I already had a strong and growing interest in sustainability, but no academic knowledge. The programme was the ideal combination of staying in a business environment while still having enough freedom to explore alternative and emerging concepts of sustainability governance and practice.”
How would you describe the programme and RSM?
“Starting with the very first readings, the programme impressed me with its unconventional views of today's business environment. It introduces critical aspects while still working with companies to find solutions to today's pressing environmental and social challenges. It’s a challenging curriculum all the way from the start to the master thesis' defence, but it greatly improved my academic and management skills in the process.”
What was the biggest challenge in this master?
“For me, the most challenging part was writing the thesis next to doing an internship. I chose for this option, as I found the chance to work at the sustainability centre of BASF too good an option to refuse. It led to many long nights and a very high coffee consumption, but it was absolutely worth it!”
What made the greatest impression?
“From the start, I was absolutely impressed with the inspiring, motivated and like-minded group of students taking part in the programme. It was pleasure to work with my fellow classmates and it was the starting point for many lasting international friendships.”
How did your studies at RSM shape your career?
“The programme opened a door to many exciting internships after I graduated. These let me to find many great positions since, and to a leading role in my current organisation.”
What are your future plans?
“I plan to stay with my current employer for some more time to finish the projects that we started and to further develop the organisation. I’m still tempted to someday start my own sustainable business.”