Name : Katharina Marszalkowski
Current job title : traineeship at TUI
Year of graduation : 2015
Nationality : German
Why did you choose this MSc?
“I’m passionate about analysing and understanding what triggers markets and companies, and what drives people. RSM’s well-recognised MiM programme proved to be a perfect fit with my interest, as it combines analytical tools with a general management education. However, the main reason to choose the programme lies in the international and interdisciplinary character of the master.”
How would you describe the programme and RSM?
“In one word? Challenging! I was constantly kept busy with weekly assignments, a lot of group work, presentations and of course exams. The advantage of this type of studying is that the whole master group became very close as we all supported each other in order to manage the high workload. Also, I perceive the programme management as well as university staff to be supportive and informative in most situations, thereby facilitating my time at RSM.”
What was the biggest challenge in this master?
“As my fellow team members know, I am a bit of a controlling type of person. However, it is simply not possible to keep track of every single piece of work every team member is doing, and I realised there’s no need to do so. So for me, the biggest challenge was clearly not the academic content of the programme, but also learning how to work in a team.”
What made the greatest impression?
“I cannot really tell what made the greatest impression on me in terms of the programme or the university. But I know what had the biggest impact on me personally: I was continuously confronted with unfamiliar or challenging projects with high work load and way too little time. While it did make me struggle many times, I also learned about myself that I am able to adapt and manage a crazy workload with a satisfying outcome, even when resources are scarce.”
How did your studies at RSM shape your career?
“Before I went to RSM, I studied political science and worked in an HR department of an international company. Although I really loved my job, I missed the holistic perspective of how to build, manage and develop a business. My studies at RSM did not only provide me with the academic knowledge to get into a general management position, but also helped me to figure out which kind of job I wanted to have in the first place. Being surrounded by incredibly open and smart people encouraged me to search for a different type of job than I would have done without this experience.”
What are your future plans?
“I will now start my traineeship at TUI, allowing me to be challenged with different projects in different countries during the duration of the programme.”