I chose HHL for its strong focus on career development

Sergey Kukuruza from Russia

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Today, Sergey talks about his 2000 km journey from Russia to HHL.

Written by Nataliya Demyanenko

Background

I have 2 degrees in Economics and Logistics & Supply Chain. I decided to get second degree when I started my career in Logistics. At the moment I have 9 years of working experience in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Motivation for an MBA

First of all, I wanted to start a global career.  The second reason was – after 10 years of working experience in big international companies (TNT Express, Johnson&Johnson, IKEA and KraftHeinz) – that I wanted to understand better all business processes in big companies and how departments’ decisions influence business. In other words, I wanted to have a helicopter view on business.

Why an MBA at HHL?

HHL is a one of the best business schools in Germany, it has a perfect reputation. HHL has a strong focus on career development; its Career Service helps to adjust to a new work culture in Germany. And of course, I’d like to mention the highly diversified class of students from different countries with different cultural, academic and professional backgrounds.

Most useful skills acquired at HHL

I’ve improved my presentation and negotiation skills most of all. There is a lot of group work (4-5 people) and group presentations. For negotiation skills we had a separate elective module “Negotiations”, which I would strongly recommend.

Ongoing online business projects

Apart from my main occupation, I run several online shops. My last project was vitalhair.ru – an online retail store of goods for hear treatment. Frankly speaking, I consider online retail stores as a hobby that brings me some extra money. The most difficult part of such projects is the startup phase (usually the first six months). It has already passed, so now I just supervise and in my free time I search ways to improve the business.

Favorite experience at HHL

I would say it is about our class diversity. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about different cultures! Sometimes we have common activities or parties after classes, they help us to get know each other better.