Name : Frederic Dittmar
Current job title : Associate at A.T. Kearney
Year of graduation : 2016
Nationality : German
Why did you choose this MSc?
“I wanted to enrol in a top-rated programme with an international environment within a reasonable price range. The IM/CEMS is the best-ranked Master in Management in the Netherlands, I knew there where quotas on nationalities and the tuition fees are much lower than for other programmes.”
How would you describe the programme and RSM?
“It’s definitely a very intense, but very rewarding master. As the workload is very high, you bond very well your classmates. Our cohort was a tight-knit group, and we have stayed in contact ever since. Regarding courses, you have some obligatory ones, but you have much freedom to choose electives according to your personal preferences. RSM is different than other business schools, due to its high academic standards. There’s a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical application. Professors are top-notch teachers and are very motivating. They really want you to understand the content.”
What was the biggest challenge in this master?
“Balancing the academic workload, while addressing all other CEMS requirements, such as language tests, skills seminars and corporate events, and trying to have a social life. It’s not very different from my workload as a management consultant now.”
What made the greatest impression?
“How quickly everybody bonded with each other. Until the end, I did not know who was an exchange student and who was a local student.”
How did your studies at RSM shape your career?
“The IM/CEMS master is a very good preparation for a career in consulting. You learn a wide range of skills in a short period of time and you work on very interesting cases in a small group of people. I attended a skill seminar by A.T. Kearney, a CEMS corporate partner. From the beginning I really liked the company, so I applied there for my internship abroad. I managed to get in and luckily, I got a full-time offer afterwards.”
What are your future plans?
“I really love what I am doing. That is why I want to stay until I’m at least a project manager. In the meantime, I want work across the globe with lots of fantastic people.”